Protesters march along Dearborn Street while holding a sign honoring George Floyd. Eric Russell, right, an activist with the Tree of Life Justice League, joins them. He also spoke at the protest. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
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Hundreds of protesters shut down streets Saturday afternoon in downtown Chicago, marking the second day of local demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Organizers from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression met protesters in Federal Plaza at 2 p.m.
For the next several hours, demonstrators on foot and in vehicles traveled northbound on Dearborn Street before moving east along Wacker Drive, which was temporarily shut down.
Throughout the afternoon, tense standoffs were sparked as police officers dressed in riot gear blocked protesters’ access to various streets.
Earlier Saturday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said 108 people were arrested during Friday’s protests.
Below, photos from the scene on Saturday afternoon:
Protesters on foot and in vehicles move southward on Michigan Avenue during protests Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
Several motorists show support by honking their horns and holding signs while circling Daley Plaza. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
James Norwood, 53, of the suburb of South Holland, came to the protest with his daughter Hannah. “As far as destroying property, I don’t agree with it but I can understand the frustration of people,” Norwood said. “We’ve been sitting at the table for so long and they keep saying that things are going to change and nothing is changing, so at some point, you have to hit them where it hurts – hit their pockets.” (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
Graffiti was spray-painted throughout the protest route, which covered large parts of the Loop. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
Protesters and police officers wearing riot gear have a standoff near Daley Plaza. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
Donovan Walker, 33, of Chicago, holds a sign that reads: “What if he was YOUR DAD?: Walker said he lost his father 10 years ago. “When George [Floyd] got killed, I felt like another family member of mine got killed – and that cut me deep,” Walker said. “This one hurts a little more – I feel like I saw a modern-day lynching and that doesn’t feel good at all.” (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
A protester holding a sign that says, “We’re sick of this,” stands in front of a lifted DuSable Bridge. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
Khalladi Taylor, 23, of Edgewater, draws a Black Lives Matter sign during the protest. “I’m a black man and it affects me every time I see things like George Floyd,” Taylor said. “And it’s not just George Floyd, it’s a bunch of cases across not just this month or this year, that affect me personally. And I feel like it happens here in this city as well, so that’s why I need to be out here with my people.” (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
A protester sits on a CTA sign in front of Federal Plaza. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
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