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Protesters gather despite safety concerns

Despite social media threats to a scheduled protest in downtown Chico, many gathered to protest the death of George Floyd anyway.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 10:06 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Organizers in Chico had called off the event for safety reasons after some threats on social media, but that didn't stop people from showing up.

Hundreds gathered throughout the afternoon and evening on Tuesday to protest last week’s in-custody death of George Floyd.

It was a high turnout that shocked a few.

Arianna Punter, a Chico State student, witnessed first-hand the protests in Sacramento over the weekend.

“I thought coming back to Chico, because I go to school out here, I thought I wasn't going to have people stand in solidarity with me,” said Punter.

She added, “…yeah there's not a lot of color out here in Chico, but we still have people that stand with respect and solidarity with us for sure.”

Kavon Samuels was one of the many that marched around Chico City Plaza.

“It was just good to see that Chico is with us and we want all positive energy in this protest,” said Samuels.

Businesses in the downtown area prepared in case the protests turned violent, but those fears never came to fruition. It was peaceful all throughout.

RELATED: Downtown Chico businesses begin to barricade windows

Another protester said, “We're just trying to bring justice. Justice for the loved ones that we lost. We've lost a lot of people.”

Many shared personal stories and resources for education during Tuesday's protest.

Demonstrators also paid tribute to George Floyd by laying on the floor with their hands behind their backs for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Each second representing the amount of time Floyd had a knee from a Minneapolis police officer on his neck.

While protesters filtered in-and-out, their passion was felt all day and night.

The next scheduled protest is set for Friday, June 5, at the Chico City Plaza.

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