Live Blog: Peaceful demonstrations continue in Hampton Roads

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A chain portrait of George Floyd is part of the memorial for him, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, near the site of the arrest of Floyd who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Roads residents are gearing up for another day of demonstrations and peaceful marches in remembrance of George Floyd and to bring awareness for racial injustice.

Here is the timeline of events in Hampton Roads Tuesday:

11 p.m. — Following a City Council meeting Tuesday night — during which members talked about moving the Portsmouth Confederate monument — about a dozen protesters gathered at the monument on Court Street, some carrying signs.

5:45 p.m. — WAVY News Reporter Geena Arevalo is at Tech Center in Newport News. Protesters are peacefully calling for an end to racial injustice. They’re also lifting the Hampton Roads area in prayer and hoping to spread a message of positivity. The group prayed and took a knee before getting started.

4 p.m. — In Newport News, there are two demonstrations beginning Tuesday afternoon.

WAVY News 10’s Geena Arevalo will be at:

  • “Peaceful Protest for Racial Reconciliation & Prayer for the 757”
    • 5:30 p.m. Tech Center
  • A Mother’s March”
    • Beginning at 7 p.m.
    • Meeting in front of JT’s Bar & Grill, 3301 Washington Ave.
    • Ending on the steps of Newport News City Hall.
    • The conclusion of the walk will have speakers leading the crowd in a moment of silence for George Floyd that will last 8 minutes 46 seconds.
    • Speakers include N.N. Commonwealth Attorney, Howard Gwynn, and Sanu Dieng of Executive Director of Transitions.

There will also be a Black Lives Matter protest march in Chesapeake at 3376 S. Military Highway from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will run from Military Highway and George Washington to the police station and back.

3 p.m.Newport News Mayor Mckinley Price will meet with Police Chief Steve Drew to talk about the recent demonstrations over the past few weeks following the death of George Floyd and updates on current policing practices and procedures in the city.

Several protests have been planned throughout the week in remembrance of George Floyd and to bring change moving forward.

View the list of planned protests in Hampton Roads HERE.


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