MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It has been one month of social injustice protests in Memphis.
Protests began on May 27, two days after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
A video began to circulate of a white police officer with his knee on Floyd’s neck.
In the video, Floyd could be heard shouting that he can’t breathe.
Since then, Black Lives Matter protests have broken out across the world.
In Memphis, protesters shut down Union Ave. on the first night of protests in the city.
Protests began around 7 p.m. and lasted until about 1 a.m.
Police wore riot gear and put up barricades to maintain control of an escalating situation.
Memphis police arrested five people during the Midtown protest.
After that night, protests continued in Memphis for 11 straight days.
Protests took over the city and happened in many places like in Midtown, Downtown and Cordova.
Many Downtown Memphis protests would begin at the I Am a Man Plaza and take different routes to march through the city.
Protesters came with signs and chanted different things like “no justice, no peace” and “say his name, George Floyd.”
They even sang together while marching, “we ready for change.”
For the most part, Memphis protesters have kept the demonstrations peaceful.
However, on the sixth night of protests, a downtown business’s window was smashed.
Law enforcement released tear gas on protesters and shot some with rubber bullets.
At least 25 people were arrested during that protest.
Since protests have continued, Memphis leaders and activists have agreed to meet once a week for at least a month.
Some changes have been made to MPD procedure.
MPD confirmed they are adapting Louisville, Kentucky’s ‘Breonna’s Law’ to ban no-knock warrants.
They also changed its policy on its officers reporting improper police conduct by other officers.
They also adapted the “8 Can’t Wait” use of force policies.
Memphis police also have several cases open to investigate police tactics after an officer was seen slamming a woman to the ground and a gun at a FOX13 crew.
FOX13 reached out to MPD to see where those investigations stood this week but we have not heard back.
Is there an end in sight for protests in Memphis?
Many activists said they will continue to march until real changes are made in the Bluff City.
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