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Peaceful demonstration in Las Vegas for justice after George Floyd's death

Posted at 12:14 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 03:48:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Protests were spiraling out of control across much of the country Thursday evening over the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died in police custody.

Demonstrators in Minnesota set fire to a police precinct. In Columbus, protesters shattered windows of the Ohio Statehouse. In Denver, police confirmed that several gunshots were fired amid protests, and in Louisville, police fired tear gas at protesters.

Fueled by a lack of criminal charges, protests erupt nationwide over George Floyd’s death

President Donald Trump tweeted late on Thursday, blaming local politicians in Minnesota for the unrest.

However, in Las Vegas, a more peaceful demonstration was seen on Las Vegas Boulevard.

About a hundred people walked the boulevard to express their frustration and anger but also to remember Floyd.

The group kneeled in front of a Las Vegas police area command, located on Las Vegas Boulevard, for seven minutes – the reported time a Minnesota officer held a knee to Floyd’s head.

13 Action News saw a few members of the group shout obscenities at local police, but overall no violence or arrests were reported.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak released the following on his social media account Thursday:

And Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lambardo also released the following on his social media:

I can assure you the LVMPD will strive each day to continue to build your trust.

— Joseph Lombardo (@Sheriff_LVMPD) May 28, 2020

Thursday's organizers said they have also planned another event on Saturday at the Downtown Container Park.