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Philadelphia protests for George Floyd and racial justice

The murder of George Floyd was the spark. The video of the incident ignited the passion. Then the protests erupted.

 

George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Demonstrations in Minneapolis began the next day, but the protests demanding for police reform and racial justice spread like wildfire in cities across the United States.

 

It began in Philadelphia on May 30, where a crowd of one hundred turned into thousands within two hours. That crowd came back, day after day, often with new leaders directing the protests. For nine consecutive days, local residents marched through the streets and community activists delivered empowering speeches, appealing for accountability, equity, and change.

 

This is what the Philadelphia George Floyd protests looked like.

 

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Demonstrators raise their fists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during a protest to end police brutality and systemic racism in response to the killing of George Floyd at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 3, 2020.
A woman is seen wearing a mask with the final words of George Floyd before he was killed by Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin during a protest at Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
Demonstrators kneel for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time that Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck, during a protest in front of the Philadelphia City Hall building in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
A protester breaks the window of a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
A Philadelphia Police officer walks away from a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle that was set on fire at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
People attempt to take down the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo in front of the Municipal Services Building in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
Philadelphia Police officers attempt to push protesters back with a bicycle in Philadelphia, Pa on May 30, 2020.
Cars burn on John F. Kennedy Boulevard as smoke rises in front of One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
West Philadelphia residents and local business owners clean up SunRay Drugs on 52nd and Walnut Streets on the morning of June 1, 2020 after the store was looted the night before.
Protesters kneel and raise their fists after marching onto Interstate 676 in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 1, 2020.
Protesters sit with their hands raised on Interstate 676 as Philadelphia Police officers and SWAT teams use tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 1, 2020.
A SWAT team officer instructs protesters to leave Interstate 676 after throwing tear gas into the crowd in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 1, 2020.
A protester has milk poured into his eyes after Philadelphia Police officers used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse crowds in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 30, 2020.
A protester speaks to Philadelphia Police officers on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 1, 2020.
A protester wearing a Philadelphia 76ers jersey kneels while holding an American flag during a demonstration in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 3, 2020.
Protesters lie down in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 4, 2020.
A young protester takes a drink from a gallon of water as people pray in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 4, 2020.
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers kneel in silence during a protest at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 5, 2020.
A father and his children dance at the conclusion of a protest in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 6, 2020.
A protester screams a chant into a megaphone on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 6, 2020.
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