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Protests For George Floyd Planned For Downtown Friday And Saturday

The killing of Floyd has led to protests throughout the country, including a large protest Thursday in Englewood.

George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer.
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CHICAGO — Protests in honor of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police across the United States are being planned for Downtown this Saturday.

Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer in an incident caught on video earlier this week. His killing has led to protests throughout the country, including a large protest Thursday in Englewood.

One protest is being held 5-9 p.m. Friday on Michigan Avenue between East Randolph and East Madison streets, near the Bean. That one is being organized by Revolution Club Chicago.

A socially distant protest is planned for 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams streets. More than 1,000 people have said they plan to attend on the protest’s Facebook page. It’s being organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and other groups.

The protest will also feature car caravans where people will drive around the Cook County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center or the Metropolitan Correctional Center and ICE headquarters, honking and speaking out against incarceration. People in the car caravan will start earlier and then meet at Federal Plaza for the protest.

That protest will also focus on the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man shot dead by white men in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police in her home in Kentucky, according to its Facebook description.

“These murders are outrages that demand justice and national protest. We stand in solidarity with the uprising in Minneapolis,” organizers wrote on the Facebook page.

At least one person was detained by police during Thursday’s protest in Englewood, which saw clashes between activists and officers.

Video from a Thursday protest in Englewood:

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