Hundreds gather in Norfolk and Portsmouth protesting police brutality following Floyd death; NPD Chief Boone speaks to crowd

Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Several hundred people gathered for a march through the City of Norfolk Saturday afternoon and then through Portsmouth on Saturday evening in protest of the death of George Floyd — a black man killed by a Minneapolis Police officer earlier this week.

Demonstrators started their march at 2 p.m. after a speech in front of the Norfolk Police Operations Center.

This gathering is one of many taking place across the country in protest of police brutality.

10 On Your Side’s Tamara Scott was on the scene speaking with community members. In Norfolk, Tamara said at one point, protesters were blocking the busy intersection of Ballentine and E. Virginia Beach Blvd. All traffic in both directions was stopped.

At 7:57 p.m., Portsmouth NAACP President James Boyd led a protest beginning at I.C. Norcom High School. 

Just after 9 p.m., protesters went through the westbound side of the Downtown Tunnel in Portsmouth blocking traffic. The eastbound lane was already scheduled to be closed.

Portsmouth Police followed the protesters who eventually made their way back to I.C. Norcom High School, where the protest began.

Later in the evening, it was found that the Confederate Monument was vandalized.

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