Protests Today—Cities Where George Floyd Demonstrations Are Set to Take Place

Protests continue across the nation following the death of George Floyd, who was pinned to the ground with a knee to his neck during an arrest by a Minneapolis police officer.

Here we round up some of the demonstrations scheduled for Wednesday in different parts of the country.

Los Angeles, California

A #BlackLivesMatter protest is planned for 12 p.m. local time Wednesday at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard in the West Hollywood neighborhood.

The protest will entail a "peaceful walk to Robertson Boulevard," according to a post on Twitter by @OccupyWeho. Participants are advised to wear masks and to not block traffic, the post notes.

A weekly #JackieLaceyMustGo protest held at the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles also continues on Wednesday at 3 p.m. local time.

"With the upcoming November runoff, it is becoming increasingly important that we make our voices heard! Let's hold LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] and DA [District Attorney of Los Angeles] Jackie Lacey accountable for her refusal to persecute killer cops!" a post on the Instagram account of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles read.


Protest happening tomorrow (June 3)! This will happen at noon and will NOT break curfew! More details on the flyer.#LosAngelesProtest #LAProtest #LAProtests #LosAngeles #WestHollywood #BlackLivesMattter #BLM

— Mission Music Foundation| ACAB | BLM (@MissionMusic__) June 3, 2020

Amid ongoing outrage over Floyd's death, Lacey has been criticized for not doing enough to hold Los Angeles police accountable for their actions.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore has faced calls to resign after he said people looting and rioting in the city were equally to blame for Floyd's death.

On Tuesday, Lacey told the AirTalk show on KPCC radio station: "I'm angry over the murder of George Floyd. I'm angry about the fact that so many African American men have been murdered at the hands of police. And I'm doing the absolute best job I can as a human being."

San Francisco, California

The George Floyd Solidarity Protest, a student-led demonstration, is scheduled to take place Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time in San Francisco. The march will run from Mission High School to the Mission Police Department.

Participants are advised to bring masks and stand six feet apart during the event in view of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.

San Mateo, California

A protest organized by the Bay area branch of Coalition Z, a national youth political activist group of high school students, will be held at San Mateo City Hall at 5 p.m. local time Wednesday.

The protest is expected to see around 300 to 700 people attend, according to Sophia Heath, the president of the Bay area chapter of Coalition Z.

"Our primary mission is to allow African-Americans the opportunity to speak out about America's continuous cycle of police brutality," she said.

San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals and Claire Mack, the city's first African-American mayor, are scheduled to speak at the protest.

Bay Area folks, the student-led George Floyd Solidarity Protest in San Francisco is June 3 at 4 PM. Starts at Mission High.

— E. Enya Kuo (@KuoEnya) June 3, 2020

Boston, Massachusetts

The Justice for George Floyd: Boston Common Peaceful Protest will take place Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time in the Boston Common park.

"This will be a peaceful protest to honor the life of George Floyd, and all those lost to police brutality. Massachusetts needs to let America know we do not stand for racism! We need to show support for our fellow Americans and honor human life. POTUS needs to know that he can't just shoot protests down! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE ARE FED UP!," a Facebook post of the event said.

Participants are advised to "keep this protest healthy by practicing social distancing and wearing a facial covering!" and that "fireworks, airhorns, pepper spray, flare guns, smoking, alcohol and drug use NOT permitted."

Seattle, Washington

The Defund Seattle Police March & Rally for Black Lives will be taking place in Seattle on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. local time at Cal Anderson Park.

"To stop police violence, the police must be reduced in size, budget and scope. The police are rooted in violence against black people. In order to protect black lives, this moment calls for investing in and expanding our safety and well-being beyond policing and the state," a Facebook post of the event read.

"Please bring masks, hand sanitizers, and be aware of social distancing. Program will be live-streamed on COVID-19 Mutual Aid [the Facebook channel] for people who are unable to join in person," it adds.

Atlanta, Georgia

Several protests are taking place in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, including at Caravan at 501 Pulliam Street (10:30 a.m. local time), Decatur City Hall (3:00 p.m. local time) and the Henry County Performing Arts Center (5:00 p.m. local time) in McDonough, a city in the Atlanta metropolitan area, according to the Twitter account @WhereProtest, which shares information on protests in Atlanta.

Wednesday June 3 #AtlantaProtests

10:30am Atlanta: Caravan at 501 Pulliam Street
3:00pm Decatur: Decatur City Hall
5:00pm McDonough: Performing Arts Center

As more are announced this account will update its pinned tweet. Bring masks, water, don't come alone.#BlackLivesMatter

— Where is the protest in Atlanta? (@WhereProtest) June 3, 2020

Carterville, Illinois

A protest will take place in Carterville on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to begin at Cannon Park before moving to downtown Carterville, with protesters walking on the sidewalk.

The organizer of the protest, Carterville resident Korshaw Johnson, said: "I know for a fact that I want to keep this as peaceful as possible," Carterville Now reports.

"I do want justice for the man that was killed, George [Floyd], and many other people that have been murdered," he added.

Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said, "We're already creating an incident action plan and preparing public safety and public works," adding that "we just want to try to make sure they can do whatever they want to do safely and protect people."

"All of our efforts are pointed towards protecting the safety of the individuals who participate," he said.

Batavia, Illinois

A protest is planned to take place at City Hall in Batavia, a suburb of Chicago, on Wednesday from 12 p.m to 3 p.m. local time.

"No permit for this event has been granted because it was not timely requested and such an event would violate the requirements of the Governor's current restrictions on size of gatherings allowed during this phase of the COVID-19 reopening plan. However, the city may not interfere with citizens' constitutional right to peacefully gather and exercise free speech," the Batavia city government website states.

"The City is aware that similar events in other cities have devolved into more serious and illegal behavior and we will do the utmost that is within our power to be ready for such a possibility and to protect public safety," it adds.

The organizer of the protest has been cooperating with the Batavia Police Department to ensure the safety of those attending the protest. Those who are not participating in the event are advised to avoid the downtown area during the protest, while businesses can be closed at their discretion, the city government notes.

Dallas, Texas

Protests are also said to be planned at City Hall (at 2 p.m. local time) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center (at 7 p.m. local time) in Dallas, according to a post on Twitter by user @chalamia5.

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A protester holds a sign with an image of George Floyd during a demonstration over Floyd’s death outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images