MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Protesters in Memphis demonstrated against racial injustice for a sixth evening yesterday after the Mayor issued a curfew for the first time.
Riots and unrest have continued across the country over the past week following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nine minutes on a Minneapolis street.
Last night’s protest in Memphis began around 6:30 p.m. as protesters gathered at Downtown’s I AM A MAN plaza.
Protesters kneeled for nine minutes in the plaza, representing the nine minutes Floyd was on the ground with a knee on his neck.
About an hour later, protesters began blocking the I-40 bridge for a rolling bridge blockade.
The mobile protest complicated rush hour, as traffic became backed up along I-40.
The left lane of the bridge was blocked going east into Memphis, according to TDOT cameras.
A group of protesters walked down MLK Boulevard, and police blocked traffic and cleared a path for them.
Near the Bass Pro Shop, the Tennessee National Guard was set up.
Protesters continued to march, shouting, “I can’t breathe!”
The group locked arms and marched to 201 Poplar, where they chanted, “Let them go!”
Protesters then kneeled in front of the jail.
As the 10 p.m. City of Memphis curfew neared, the protesters marched back to their original meeting place in the plaza.
Organizers said they were given permission to walk back to the meeting point after curfew.
The peaceful protest ended just after 10 p.m., with only a handful of people remaining in the plaza.
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