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Metro Phoenix protesters return downtown for 7th consecutive day


PHOENIX — Metro Phoenix protesters returned to the streets for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday in response to the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.

Zero arrests were made, Phoenix Police said. That continued a trend that began Monday.

Prosecutors upgraded the murder charge against Derek Chauvin — the former officer who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck — from third-degree to second-degree murder on Wednesday.

Three former officers who were at the scene of Floyd’s death were also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.

8:20 p.m.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore reported the group of Metro Phoenix protesters obeyed the 8 p.m. curfew and dispersed without incident.

8:14 p.m.

Valley Metro announced a return to normal operations.

7:35 p.m.

Phoenix police began reminding protesters of the 8 p.m. curfew.

7:06 p.m.

One of the organizers of the demonstrations addressed the crowd, telling them not to antagonize the officers surrounding the Phoenix Police Department’s headquarters, according to Crenshaw.

6:41 p.m.

Crenshaw reported that protesters had taken a knee outside of the Phoenix Police Department’s headquarters before reading a list of demands.

5:52 p.m.

The Phoenix Police Department announced traffic restrictions on Adams Street from Sixth to Seventh avenues in accordance with the evening’s protests.

5:40 p.m.

Protesters outside of Phoenix City Hall could be heard chanting “no justice, no peace” along with “I can’t breathe” for 8 consecutive minutes, according to Crenshaw.

5:15 p.m.

Numbers began to swell as protesters prepared to descend upon Phoenix police headquarters in response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.

Valley Metro has already ceased bus and light rail service in downtown Phoenix in anticipation of the protest.

2:30 p.m.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Phoenix City Council chambers prior to a 2 p.m. meeting concerning civilian review of alleged police abuse, according to ABC15 reporter Zach Crenshaw.

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