George Floyd

Steven Weiss was protesting in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center. It was June 19, three weeks into near-nightly protests against systemic racism and police violence. Those protests routinely culminated each night with police resorting to violence to disperse hundreds of nonviolent protesters.

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With protesters taking to the streets nationwide to demand justice for George Floyd and confront police brutality and systemic racism, Mountain West News Bureau reporters are gathering perspectives of people of color from around the region.

Updated 7:28 p.m. ET

George Floyd, whose killing by police inspired worldwide protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality, was taken to a cemetery for burial Tuesday in his hometown of Houston.

The black man died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. A video captured by a bystander showed Floyd pleading for air and calling out for his mother.

Floyd, 46, was to be buried next to his mother.

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Justin and his buddies look like they're from a special ops team – they're wearing flak jackets and carrying assault weapons. But they aren't military and they aren't police. 

"I see myself as a concerned citizen who happens to be armed," he says.

 

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Thousands of National Guard members have arrived in the nation’s capital to respond to protests over the police killing of George Floyd. That’s despite the objection of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

 

Last night, thousands of Idahoans came together on the Capitol steps in Boise to mourn the lives of Black people killed at the hands of police. And while crowds were gathered outside the statehouse exercising their right to assemble, election officials were inside the building administering the first vote-by-mail election in Idaho. 

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Idahoans came together in peaceful protests and vigils across the state Tuesday evening in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week.

 


Madelyn Beck / Boise State Public Radio

 

For the last week, protests have been held across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of white police in Minneapolis last Monday. All four officers involved were fired after the killing but only one former officer has been charged in connecton with his death. 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Heated debate over justice in America in the shadow of the death of George Floyd continues to boil over in many of the nation’s cities. 

 

 


Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

Hundreds showed up to the capitol building in Boise on Sunday afternoon to protest George Floyd’s death.