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Protesters take to Memphis streets over death of George Floyd

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Posted at 10:02 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 23:06:11-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WTVF) — A large crowd of Memphis protesters demanded justice in the recent death of George Floyd, who died while in Minneapolis Police custody.

Activists gathered in front of the Memphis Midtown Police precinct Wednesday, forcing officers to shut down a portion of Union Avenue during the protest.

Black Lives Matter protesters at the event were met by counter protesters - members of Confederate 901, according to WREG NewsChannel 3.

The crowd continued to move from street to street throughout the night as they shouted things like "I can't breathe" and "Who's city? Our city."

Officers took George Floyd into custody at a store where workers thought he was writing a bad check. A video shows an officer holding his knee on Floyd's neck while Floyd said "I can't breathe." He died at the hospital following the incident.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for the officer to be charged in connection with the incident. He and three other officers have been fired from the department.

Protests have taken place in multiple cities across the country demanding justice in the case.

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