Metro Phoenix protesters return downtown for 13th consecutive day

Jun 9, 2020, 5:18 PM | Updated: 10:01 pm


PHOENIX — Metro Phoenix protesters continued their demonstrations for the 13th consecutive day on Tuesday in response to the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.

A march was also scheduled to occur in Mesa.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Phoenix Police Department announced its officers would no longer be permitted to use the controversial carotid control restraint technique effective immediately.

More than 500 mourners gathered at a church in Houston on Tuesday for Floyd’s funeral. After the service, Floyd was entombed next to his mother in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

Since May 31, Phoenix police have made zero arrests in connection with downtown area demonstrations.

8:14 p.m.

The march metro Phoenix officially concluded, according to Gamiño.

Protesters could be heard referencing future demonstrations as they dispersed.

7:16 p.m.

Protesters gathered around the Confederate monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza where they called for it to be taken down.

6:11 p.m.

Protesters took a knee at Second Ave and Monroe Street before calling for police departments to cease using gases and rubber bullets.

5:50 p.m.

Protesters temporarily halted their march in front of the Phoenix Police Department headquarters building where they called for the defunding of the department.

5:44 p.m.

Protesters began making their way to the Arizona State Capitol, Gamiño reported.

5:34 p.m.

Roughly 120 protesters had gathered outside of Phoenix City Council Chambers ahead of the scheduled march, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gabriel Gamiño.

3:30 p.m.

Plans for Tuesday night demonstrations in both downtown Phoenix and Mesa were made public.

In metro Phoenix, protesters were scheduled to begin their march at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall before concluding demonstrations at 8 p.m.

In Mesa, protesters were scheduled to begin their march at City hall at 7 p.m. and conclude at the Mesa Police Department headquarters building at 8 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Metro Phoenix protesters return downtown for 13th consecutive day