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A weekend of protest and mourning: George Floyd’s death spurs demonstrations in Texas cities

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Floyd, who was raised in Houston’s Third Ward, was killed in Minneapolis by police. Officer Derek Chauvin has been fired, and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Rallies and protests are happening all over the nation, including in several Texas cities.

by Miguel Gutierrez Jr. and John Jordan May 29, 2020

Texans protested in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth on Friday night, spurred by the death of a black man named George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd had been a longtime resident of Houston’s Third Ward.

Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody Monday after a white officer kneeled on his neck long past the point when he lost consciousness, according to court documents. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired, arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other police officers shown in a now-viral video alongside Chauvin were also fired.

Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas officials have denounced Floyd’s death and the Minneapolis police officers’ conduct.

“It should not have happened,” Abbott said. “Obviously, from everything I have seen, this is a consequence of poor police work.”

In Dallas, photographer Shelby Tauber captured scenes from what organizers described as a march and solidarity rally for Floyd and for Breonna Taylor. The march started outside the downtown police headquarters.

Photographer Pu Ying Huang was in Houston on Friday to document the protests there.

Protesters gathered Friday at Houston City Hall in memory of George Floyd, a black man who was killed during an arrest by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Photo credit:  Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo responded to demonstrators Friday at a rally for George Floyd at Houston City Hall. He spoke about police accountability. Photo credit:  Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
Protesters take a knee as Dallas activist Dominique Alexander speaks at a rally in memory of the death of George Floyd. May 29, 2020. | by Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune Photo credit:  Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune
A protester covered in milk livestreams himself while Dallas Police tactical officers fire rounds of tear gas during a march in memory of  George Floyd on May 29, 2019.
A protester covered in milk livestreams himself while Dallas Police tactical officers fire rounds of tear gas during a march in memory of George Floyd on May 29, 2019. Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

“A weekend of protest and mourning: George Floyd’s death spurs demonstrations in Texas cities” was first published at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/29/george-floyd-texas-protest-photos-houston-dallas-austin/ by The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune is proud to celebrate 10 years of exceptional journalism for an exceptional state.


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