The protesters marched from Squirrel Hill to Oakland on Saturday as part of a national movement to protest against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died at the end of May, in the hands of the Minneapolis police department. A white police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with murder and manslaughtersat down on Floyd’s neck in the eight minute when Floyd said that he could not breathe. The protest follows similar meetings held in the The city, East Liberty, Oakland, Southand Bakery Square.
In the wake of last week’s “Civic Saturday,” the series of protests, protesters gathered in Squirrel Hill in order to protest against police brutality at the intersection of Forbes and Murray avenues. The protesters went on to march down Forbes Avenue toward Oakland, chanting, “Hands up!!!! Don’t shoot!” “No Justice! There Is No Peace! No Racist Police!” and “Orange Life!!! They are of great importance here!” The protesters are sitting on the Pitt campus, at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street, and held a small rally. The protesters then turned over to Fifth Avenue, to return to Squirrel Hill, from where they later dispersed.
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