As outrage grows nationwide over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, several hundreds of protesters descended on Washington Square in New York City on Friday, June 05 2020 to listen to Beonna Taylor speakers.
In March, Breonna Taylor 26, an EMT and aspiring nurse, was shot by police to death eight times in her own home. In what’s been described as a “botched raid,”officers barged into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, as she lay sleeping and fired multiple rounds. According a lawsuit filed by her family,
her killing was the result of a botched drug warrant execution. No drugs were found; the warrant in question targeted another person, who lived miles away and had already been detained by the time police entered Taylor’s home.
After the crowd were chanting "I can't breathe" and “No justice, no peace!” as they marched up Fifth Avenue. The protest was largely peaceful, but marked by verbal
confrontations between some protesters and police.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was pinned to the ground
by a white police officer who, video shows, put his knee
on Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes before he died.
His death has led to massive protests across Minneapolis and
the country, at times turning violent, with clashes between
law enforcement and protesters.