For the 7th night in a row, protesters in Colorado Springs marched to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last month.
An estimated 200 protesters marched down Willamette Avenue Friday evening, chanting "I can't breathe" and "hands up, don't shoot," before taking a knee at Bijou and El Paso streets.
The march followed 9 minutes of of silence outside of City Hall, where had protesters set up a memorial with candles, hand-made signs and flowers to remember those killed by police, including Breonna Taylor, a Louisville EMT who was killed in a police shooting in March. She would have turned 27 on Friday.
About 100 protesters stuck around past the city's 10 p.m curfew, and at about 11 p.m., the protest wrapped up peacefully, with no confrontations with police. This was the third night in a row the nighttime protests in downtown Colorado Springs ended peacefully.
See highlights from Friday night's protest below.
11:03 p.m. Protesters wrap up a third night of peaceful protests with no police contact.
Things are wrapping up now.In a final salute of solidarity the remaining protesters hold up lighters and flashlights in a moment of silence.“Let that be the last time we are silent.” #ColoradoSpringsProtest @csgazette pic.twitter.com/tfH7IU3kDY— Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) June 6, 2020
Minutes before the 10 p.m. curfew in Colorado Springs, and protesters are taking turns speaking.
Open forum now for demonstrators to speak. Some powerful messages being echoed on the steps of City Hall.Many are not announcing their names, so I apologize if I cannot identify them, but I‘ll try to tweet out their message and video as I can. #ColoradoSpringsProtest @csgazette— Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) June 6, 2020
Demonstrators sing Happy Birthday to remember Breonna Taylor, and create heart symbols with their hands while gathered on the steps of City Hall.
Demonstrators sing Happy Birthday to #BreonnaTayor again, and cheer loud and proud to “make sure they know we are here.” I’m sorry it’s dark, but numbers have at least doubled since I arrived at City Hall tonight. #ColoradoSpringsProtest @csgazette pic.twitter.com/yFggLk5gps— Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) June 6, 2020
Demonstrators wished #BreonnaTayor a happy birthday (she would have been 27 today) and participated in a 9 minute moment of silence to honor #GeorgeFloyd. #ColoradoSpringsProtest @csgazette pic.twitter.com/fVLzo4jqMh— Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) June 6, 2020
Jaz fixes a sign on a memorial outside City Hall. Candles, hand-made signs and flowers sit at the feet of Lady Liberty in rememberance of victims of police brutality. #ColoradoSpringsProtest @csgazette pic.twitter.com/F9J5PmCIlu— Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) June 6, 2020
#BLMprotest: I’m here at City Hall for the 7th night of protests in Colorado Springs. I estimate 150+ are here following a brief storm passed through downtown with more joining. @csgazette #ColoradoSpringsProtest pic.twitter.com/DGSyYaKnxb— Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) June 6, 2020