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Hundreds come together in Sherman to protest the death of George Floyd

Hundred of people came together in Sherman Sunday evening to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died one week ago after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing.
Hundred of people came together in Sherman Sunday evening to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died one week ago after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing.(KXII)
Published: May. 31, 2020 at 7:32 PM CDT
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Hundreds of people came together in Sherman Sunday evening to peacefully protest the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd died in police custody after Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes until he stopped breathing.

Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill.

"We're not here to hurt the community, we're here to shine a light on the way our culture has been feeling for years, right now this time is going to be in our kids history books," said Von Whitaker.

Whitaker and Deojznae Orr-Walker, protest organizers, are both from the Sherman area.

Orr-Walker says she posted the idea of a peaceful protest to Facebook.

"So I made a post about it and it just blew up and everybody was for it and wanted to do it so that was super exciting, "said Orr-Walker.

Hundreds of people. of all ages and demographics gathered at Fairview Park in Sherman Sunday evening and marched to the Grayson County courthouse.

"For Floyd and every other black man or woman who has been killed innocently," said Whitaker.

And hundreds laid on the courthouse lawn to show respect.

One of the protestors is 13-year-old Haidyn Loftice.

"I hope they stop this stuff from happening, it's unfair," Loftice said.

Whitaker says anyone was welcome to march.

Sherman police cars were there to help keep protestors safe from traffic.

"I want to make it to where my kids don't have to march to be equal, to have darker skin you know what I'm saying?" said Whitaker.

Chauvin, who was fired along with three other officers who were at the scene, faces more than 12 years in prison if convicted of murder.

Posted by Braylee McCoy News 12 on Sunday, May 31, 2020

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