Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Chandler on June 5 to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd. A series of peaceful protests had occurred throughout the week of June 1 in response to Floyd's death in Chandler and across the Greater Phoenix area.
Chandler Police expect the protests to continue into the week of June 8.
On May 25, Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while in police custody. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face-down on the street. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Three other police officers—officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane—were involved in Floyd’s arrest. Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market. The four officers were fired a day after the death.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Two autopsies have ruled the manner of death for Floyd to be homicide.
The protesters, almost of all of whom were wearing masks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, gathered on the corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard in downtown Chandler and chanted, "No justice, no peace" while holding signs. As cars passed by, they honked their horns in support of the crowd.
PHOTOS: Protesters gather in downtown Chandler over George Floyd's death
Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Chandler on June 5 to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)