Eight minutes, 46 seconds.
That's how long a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck on Monday, May 25. For about three of those minutes, Floyd, who was handcuffed, was no longer moving or speaking, according to the AP. "I can't breathe," Floyd said, evoking Eric Garner years before.
Floyd died that night in police custody. The 46-year-old Black man had been accused of using a counterfeit 20-dollar bill at Cup Foods. On Friday, Chauvin, who is white, was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. A video of the incident caused mass outrage and protests in Minneapolis.
Those demonstrations have spread across the country. Here are some protests going on locally. Wherever you go, normal social distancing rules apply.
Since SPD officially abandoned the East Precinct, the blocks surrounding the intersection of 11th and Pine have become the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (or CHAZ). Demonstrations, speakers, and support for protesters should continue as long as citizens hold the area.
Every Monday in June
South Seattle Action for Justice is holding a neighborhood vigil in the parking lot at 5023 Rainier Avenue South at 6pm each Monday in June (the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th). The group has asked people to bring signs and banners to show support.
Thursday, June 11
Cyclists are organizing to take their voices to the streets for the Ride For Justice event. The group will meet at 23rd Avenue and the I-90 trail at noon. They will then take the trail up to Cal Anderson Park. Participants are encouraged to wear black.
Saturday, June 13
Beginning at Garfield High School, the Seattle Children’s March starts at 1pm. The march ends with a rally at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School at 4 pm. A live broadcast will stream on Rainer Valley Radio.
Friday, June 12
The nonprofit Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County has called for a statewide general strike and a silent march in Seattle. Marching starts at Judkins Park at 2pm, goes down 23rd Avenue South, and ends at Jefferson Park about an hour and a half later.
Friday, June 19
June 19th is also known as Juneteenth or Jubilee Day. It celebrates when Texas, in 1865, had the Emancipation Proclamation read to its enslaved citizens, the last confederate state to do so. In honor of the day the Juneteenth March for Justice and Equality will meet at North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue at 10 am. The march will end at 5420 22nd Avenue Northwest.
If you have a Seattle protest you'd like added to this list, please email [email protected] with the location, time, date, and any other relevant information.
Updated on June 10 with new protest information.