Peaceful Protests In Topeka And Lawrence Call For An End To Racism, Police Violence
Across Kansas over the weekend, hundreds of people joined demonstrations against police violence and racism — all largely peaceful.
They followed days of protests in other American cities that turned violent and drew tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray from armored police.
Across the country, protests are being held after the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. But they're also remembering Breonna Taylor, a Louisville, Kentucky, woman who was fatally shot by police in her home.
The Kansas News Service went to protests in Topeka on Saturday and Lawrence on Sunday. This is what it looked like.
Topeka, Saturday May 30
Hundreds gathered in front of the Kansas Capitol to chant, march and share stories of personal experiences with systemic racism and law enforcement. Many invoked the name of Dominique White, a Topeka man who was fatally shot by police in 2017.
Lawrence, Sunday, May 31
On Sunday evening, several hundred people marched up and down Massachusetts Street, Lawrence's main business district. Protesters carried signs and shouted the names of Black people who have died at the hands of police.
Nomin Ujiyediin reports on criminal justice and social welfare for the Kansas News Service. You can email her at nomin (at) kcur (dot) org and follow her on Twitter @NominUJ.
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