MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — Crowds gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd for the fourth night in a row.
It was organized by Pastor Devante Hill and began at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, but people were gathering as early as 6:30 p.m.
Tensions were high as people expressed their anger towards the situation surrounding Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Protesters voiced different opinions on how the protest should be handled.
The crowds marched to the intersection of Vance Avenue and South Second Street where they took a knee for nine minutes.
They then marched to I Am A Man plaza where organizers called on local officials to make changes for Memphis city leaders.
WREG’S Quametra Wilborn followed the crowds, noting more people joined the protest as it moved through downtown Memphis.
Around midnight, confrontations escalated between police and protesters as the two sides lined up near Beale Street and Main. WREG is waiting to hear back from MPD on any arrests or injuries.
The confrontation continued at the criminal justice center at 201 Poplar, where a group of protesters including demonstrated for the release of an arrested protester. Police shut off a section of Poplar Avenue.
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