Photos: Downtown protests after George Floyd’s death

Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.

Protestors flooded into Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, as part of a nationwide movement, to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday at the hands of Minneapolis police. White police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with murder and manslaughter, knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

Protestors marched through Downtown with chants of “No justice! No peace! No racist police,” “We can’t breathe,” “Abolish the police” and “Black Lives Matter.” They raised fists and signs in honor of Floyd, and speakers commented both on the beauty of coming together and the sadness of the circumstances that led to the gathering.

The Downtown protests were largely peaceful, though the gathering became “hjiacked,” as Mayor Bill Peduto described it, after several hours. Two City police vehicles were set ablaze, and some Downtown stores were looted, leading the Mayor to impose a 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. overnight curfew Saturday and Sunday in an effort to calm the City.

Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.
While large masses of people filled the streets during the protest, many watched from roofs, windows and parking garages.
Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Protesters rally at the words of a speaker outside of PPG Paints Arena.
Protestors kneel with their arms raised in front of the Pittsburgh police.
Pittsburgh police look towards protestors in Downtown.
Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Protestors hold up a tapestry with a painted image of George Floyd during a protest Downtown.
A protester speaks through a megaphone of the rights of black women.
A protestor vandalized and torched a Pittsburgh police vehicle Saturday near PPG Paints Arena.
Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Protestors watch the demonstration from a parking garage outside of PPG Paints Arena.
A protestor distributes free masks outside of PPG Paints Arena.
Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Many protesters used their phones to film the protest as they marched.
Crowds flood the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh to protest the killing of George Floyd.
Protestors kneel with their arms raised in front of the Pittsburgh police.
Police release gas into a crowd Downtown in an effort to disperse protestors.
A protester watches as a plume of smoke rises from a burning police car outside of the Church of the Epiphany.
Protesters gather in Downtown Pittsburgh in response to the killing of George Floyd.
A protester climbed a lamppost outside PPG Paints Arena to get a better view of the protest.



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