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Protests continue across the Valley for 11th consecutive day

Jun 7, 2020, 10:19 AM | Updated: 8:25 pm

 

PHOENIX – Protesters gathered throughout the Valley for the 11th consecutive day on Sunday.

The demonstrations were in response to the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.

There were a handful of protests scheduled for Sunday.

Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro met at 3 p.m. in Encanto Park before marching for Dion Johnson, who was fatally shot by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper on May 25.

In Scottsdale, protesters met at 5 p.m. for a peaceful protest.

Other protests were planned in Gilbert and Goodyear.

Since last Sunday, Phoenix police have made zero arrests in connection to downtown area demonstrations.


8 p.m.

Rodbell could be seen with the protesters until the conclusion of the demonstration. He told Gamiño those gathered were “exactly who they said they were.”

The crowd could be heard referencing future demonstrations as they dispersed.


7:30 p.m.

The crowd began to disperse peacefully prior to the 8 p.m. curfew taking effect, according to Gamiño.


6:39 p.m.

Phoenix protesters began making their way back to their starting point at Encanto Park, according to Forstner.


6:38 p.m.

Scottsdale protesters temporarily halted their march for an 8 minute and 46 second-long moment of silence in memory of George Floyd, according to Gamiño.


6:30 p.m.

Protesters in Phoenix could be seen affixing their signs to a fence outside of the Arizona Department of Public Safety headquarters building, according to Kinnerup.


5:46 p.m.

The growing number of protesters in Scottsdale collectively knelt under the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall bridge.


5:33 p.m.

Protesters marching in downtown Scottsdale in memory of Dion Johnson were estimated to be at a couple hundred, according to Gamiño.


5:11 p.m.

Police blocked off roads at Encanto Drive and 19th Avenue as protesters proceeded along their march, according to Kinnerup.


5:07 p.m.

The Scottsdale march began with Chief Rodbell among those at the front of the demonstration, Gamiño reported.


4:59 p.m.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane could be seen in attendance at the Scottsdale protest speaking to one of its organizers.


4:47 p.m.

Protesters began their march in response to the death of Dion Johnson, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Luke Forstner.


4:39 p.m.

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell could be seen speaking with gathering protesters, Gamiño reported.


4:30 p.m.

Protesters began gathering at North Wells Fargo Avenue in Scottsdale ahead of the 5 p.m. protest, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gabriel Gamiño.


3:35 p.m.

Protesters gathered at Encanto Park could be heard calling for additional funds to be allocated toward education, health care and housing rather than police departments, Kinnerup reported.


3 p.m.

Hundreds began to gather at Encanto Park for the march for Dion Johnson, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Tayor Kinnerup.


2:15 p.m.

Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro announced their afternoon march for Dion Johnson will gather at Encanto Park at 3 p.m.


9:00 a.m.

The Scottsdale Police Department announced road closures ahead of a planned march scheduled for 5 p.m.

The majority of the restrictions would be from Indian School Road to Second Street and from Drinkwater Boulevard to Scottsdale Road. The march is planned to start at Second Street and Marshall Way.

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Protests continue across the Valley for 11th consecutive day