Protesters in metro Phoenix return for 9th consecutive day
PHOENIX — Phoenix protesters returned to the streets Friday for the ninth consecutive day in response to the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.
Friday’s protest planned to start marching from City Hall at 5:30 p.m. and end at the Sandra Day O’Connor Courthouse.
— Phoenix Protest Live (@PhxProtestLIVE) June 5, 2020
Organizers encouraged participants to plan to leave before 8 p.m. to comply with the state’s curfew.
Since Sunday night, Phoenix police have made zero arrests in connection to downtown area demonstrations.
Scottsdale Police have lifted road restrictions on Scottsdale Road.
There was a blockade in place as a free speech zone for protesters Friday between Highland Avenue and Camelback Road.
The statewide curfew took effect at 8 p.m., but the majority of protesters dispersed following the demonstration.
Valley Metro tweeted that normal transportation services have resumed following the protests downtown.
With a half hour until the state’s curfew, protesters arrived back at Phoenix Police Department headquarters to listen to organizers where they let the crowd know the time and told them to get home safely.
Hundreds of protesters continued to make their way through the streets of downtown Phoenix. Participants could be heard chanting the names of George Floyd and Dion Johnson.
Valley Metro tweeted that downtown service platforms were still temporarily closed due to the protests.
The platforms from Encanto Boulevard and Central Avenue to 12th Street and Jefferson and Washington streets were closed. Buses will shuttle riders between the Thomas Road and Central Avenue station and 12th Street and Washington Street station.
Phoenix Police chief Jeri Williams tweeted that she was invited to join the peaceful protest downtown.
“I’m confident our community can come together and be stronger,” Williams said in the tweet.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Phoenix to march from City Hall to the Sandra Day O’Connor courthouse.
Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams was seen marching with protesters. Williams told protestors that they heard protesters through their constant demonstrations.
“We can’t do this alone,” Williams said on Monday. “We’ve got to do this together, and if walking out in 106 degrees with you all means that we’re going to work together, we’re going to work together.”
Several hundred students marched from Steele Indian School Park to the Phoenix Union High School District office to ask the district to terminate its relationship with Phoenix Police.
The students asked the district for school resource officers to be removed from campuses.
Scottsdale Police set up barricades in anticipation of Friday night demonstrations. They also blocked off Scottsdale Road between Highland Avenue and Camelback Road for a free speech zone.
Valley Metro warned public transportation riders that there would be service restrictions due to ongoing events.
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