Hundreds join Yellow Springs protest about George Floyd death

Hundreds of people holding signs to protest the death of George Floyd lined the streets of Yellow Springs on Saturday afternoon in a peaceful protest.

Floyd died Monday as a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, an incident captured on video. The death has sparked a national outrage and led to protests in cities throughout the country, including some that have resulted in violence, looting and fires.

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A Village of Yellow Springs Facebook post after the Saturday event said: “What a wonderful sight to see the unity of our village surrounding the sentiment of justice and equality and seeing the signs of support to speak out. This peaceful protest all along the street was incredible. We are YS Strong! Continue to encourage, engage and empower each other. Your voices matter and are necessary.”

The village posted photos of many participants.

Signs included “black lives matter,” and “silence is complicity.”

Many of the protesters wore face masks and practiced social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event stretched several blocks and included music and speakers in some areas.

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