Day 17 of protests starts with kids walk in downtown Phoenix

Jun 13, 2020, 4:19 PM | Updated: 8:46 pm
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PHOENIX — The 17th consecutive day of protests in the downtown Phoenix area began early Saturday.

Around 10 a.m. on Saturday, a kids protest started by the police museum on Jefferson Street.

Children gave speeches for the crowd before the one-mile walk began.

People have protested nationally and locally for more than two weeks in the wake of deaths of African Americans who were in police custody including Dion Johnson in Arizona and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The group walked west to 4th Avenue, turned north to Monroe Street, and then took 1st Avenue back down to Jefferson Street to complete the square.

The event ended around 11:30 a.m., said founder Monique Joseph. Her organization partnered with two families who wanted to put together these protests.

Joseph said that when she talked about Floyd’s death with her 6-year-old daughter, the girl connected with Floyd’s own 6-year-old daughter.

“We showed her a picture of Mr. Floyd’s daughter, who is the same age, and she said, ‘Mommy, I feel like I want to hug her,'” Joseph said.

As children begin to understand how protests can bring change, they want to get more active, Joseph said.

“Marches and protests have always been lead by the youth, and the youth have always been on the front lines fighting for justice and equality,” she said. “It’s not surprising they’re taking up the banner again.”

7:00 p.m.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gabriel Gamino said protesters are starting to disperse from the state capitol.

6:30 p.m.

Protestors have reached Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza at the Arizona State Capitol after starting to march from Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix around 5 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

Protesters are moving toward the state’s capitol building, just under two miles away from the start location.

5:30 p.m.

Protestors have begun to gather at Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix.

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Day 17 of protests starts with kids walk in downtown Phoenix