Five arrested, charged after Wednesday night’s protest in Midtown, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — People gathered in Midtown Wednesday night to protest the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee to Floyd’s neck while he struggled to breathe.

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Memphis police arrested several people during the hours-long protest on Union Avenue.

UPDATE: (11:58 a.m.) Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland gave a statement about last night’s protest.

Click here to read the Mayor’s statement.

UPDATE: (10 a.m.) Memphis police arrested Katherine Pace, 21, during the protest.

Pace hit an officer in the back of the neck while the officer was talking to a man, according to an affidavit.

Officers gave Pace an order to leave the area.

Pace was taken to Jail East.

She has been charged with Assault, according to the affidavit.

UPDATE: (9:52 a.m.) Memphis police arrested a woman for blocking traffic during last night’s protest.

Joangela Sigala, 21, was seen standing in the middle of Union Avenue blocking eastbound traffic, according to an affidavit.

Sigala was screaming and inciting others to join in the disturbance.

An officer gave the crowd orders to disperse multiple times.

Sigala refused to comply.

She has been charged with Obstructing a Highway/Passageway.

UPDATE: (9:36 a.m.) Memphis police arrested a woman during last night’s protest on Union Avenue.

Laura Mason, 31, was seen standing in the roadway blocking all eastbound traffic, according to an affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Mason was screaming and inciting other individuals to participate in the disturbance.

An officer gave the crowd orders to disperse multiple times.

Mason refused to comply, according to the affidavit.

She has been charged with Obstructing a Highway/Passageway.

UPDATE: (8:00 a.m.) Memphis police arrested two men during last night’s hours-long protest on Union Avenue.

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According to an affidavit, officers utilized bike racks to separate two factions of people due to hostilities.

The bike racks were also used to move protesters from the street who were obstructing traffic.

Suspect Tony Liggins knocked over two bike racks in an attempt to get to the other side of Union Avenue, according to the affidavit.

Protesters began to follow Liggins through the bike racks.

Liggins continued across the street and was physically stopped by officers.

Liggins was transported to 201 Poplar.

He has been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing a Highway/Passageway, according to the affidavit.

Another suspect, Dominic Vietti, 33, approached officers in an aggressive manner, according to the affidavit.

Vietti was told to get out of the street, but continued jumping into the street at Union Avenue and McLean Avenue, causing the other protesters to become rowdy.

When officers attempted to apprehend Vietti, he ran into oncoming traffic.

Officers tackled Vietti after a foot pursuit, according to the affidavit.

Vietti was taken to Regional One for medical clearance.

He has been charged with Inciting to Riot and Obstruction of Highway/Passageway.