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George Floyd's death spurs demonstrations in Texas cities

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Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 during a rally at the Austin Police Headquarters in downtown Austin. The group gathered to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos by police officers. Photo credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 during a rally at the Austin Police Headquarters in downtown Austin. The group gathered to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos by police officers. Photo credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

 

"A weekend of protest and mourning: George Floyd's death spurs demonstrations in Texas cities" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Texans protested in Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth on Friday and Saturday, spurred by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody on Monday. Floyd had been a longtime resident of Houston's Third Ward.

Footage from a now-viral video showed that Floyd died after a white officer kneeled on his neck long past the point when he lost consciousness. Floyd was handcuffed and in police custody in Minneapolis when officer Derek Chauvin put him into the chokehold. Chauvin has been fired from the Minneapolis force and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other police officers shown in the video alongside Chauvin were also fired.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who has denounced Floyd’s death as “a consequence of poor police work,” said Saturday more than 1,500 Texas Department of Public Safety officers had been dispatched to cities with protests. “As Texans exercise their First Amendment rights, it is imperative that order is maintained and private property is protected,” he said in a statement. He later said he was also activating the Texas National Guard to respond to protest violence.

 

In Austin, protestors carried signs and chanted slogans about Mike Ramos, an unarmed man who was shot to death by police last month. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said this month that he was “very disturbed” to see spectator video where “Ramos does not appear to threaten but ends up dead,” according to the Austin-American Statesman.

Photographer Eddie Gaspar was in Austin on Saturday to document the demonstrations there, which started at the downtown police headquarters and moved onto Interstate 35, blocking traffic for more than an hour.

Police officers on horseback approach a crowd gathered to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos, in Austin on May 30, 2020.
Police officers on horseback approach a crowd gathered to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos, in Austin on May 30, 2020. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
Protestors raise their hands in downtown Austin on May 30, 2020.
Protestors raise their hands in downtown Austin on May 30, 2020. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
Protestors at the Austin Police headquarters.
Protestors at the Austin Police headquarters. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
Protesters hold signs in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos.
Protesters hold signs in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
People gathered at Austin Police Headquarters to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos by police officers.
People gathered at Austin Police Headquarters to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos by police officers. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 during a rally at the Austin Police Headquarters in downtown Austin.
Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 during a rally at the Austin Police Headquarters in downtown Austin. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
A protester is sprayed in the face with a liquid during a rally in downtown Austin. Austin Police officers sprayed pepper spray and fired rubber bullets at protesters. May 30, 2020.
A protester is sprayed in the face with a liquid during a rally in downtown Austin. Austin Police officers sprayed pepper spray and fired rubber bullets at protesters. May 30, 2020. Courtesy of Dylan Manshack
A protester stares down a police officer during a march near downtown Austin. The group gathered to oppose the recents deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos. May 30, 2020.
A protester stares down a police officer during a march near downtown Austin. The group gathered to oppose the recents deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos. May 30, 2020. Courtesy of Dylan Manshack
Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 and blocked traffic during a protest near downtown Austin.
Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 and blocked traffic during a protest near downtown Austin. Courtesy of Dylan Manshack

On Friday, protests took place at Houston City Hall. Photographer Pu Ying Huang was there to document.

John Morrison, a community activist, speaks at a Black Lives Matter rally for George Floyd at Houston City Hall. May 29, 2020.
John Morrison, a community activist, speaks at a Black Lives Matter rally for George Floyd at Houston City Hall. May 29, 2020. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
Protesters gathered at a rally for George Floyd in Houston. Floyd, a former Houston resident, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis during an attempted arrest.
Protesters gathered at a rally for George Floyd in Houston. Floyd, a former Houston resident, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis during an attempted arrest. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
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.
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. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
Alea Rolison wears a mask that reads,
Alea Rolison wears a mask that reads, "I can't breathe,” at a rally for George Floyd in Houston, Texas. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune
Protestors march at a rally for George Floyd in Houston.
Protestors march at a rally for George Floyd in Houston. 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.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo responded to demonstrators Friday at a rally for George Floyd at Houston City Hall. He spoke about police accountability. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

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.

A protester holds a sign in front of a line of Dallas police at a march and rally for George Floyd in Dallas on May 29, 2020.
A protester holds a sign in front of a line of Dallas police at a march and rally for George Floyd in Dallas on May 29, 2020. Shelby Tauber 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
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 Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune
Dallas Police tactical officers stand amongst a cloud of tear gas and smoke after they fired it at protesters during a march against police brutality on May 29, 2020.
Dallas Police tactical officers stand amongst a cloud of tear gas and smoke after they fired it at protesters during a march against police brutality on May 29, 2020. Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune
Protesters run away as Dallas police officers launch tear gas after a confrontation during a rally for George Floyd on May 29, 2020.
Protesters run away as Dallas police officers launch tear gas after a confrontation during a rally for George Floyd on May 29, 2020. 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
Protesters march in Dallas in memory of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on May 29, 2019.
Protesters march in Dallas in memory of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on May 29, 2019. Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune
Protesters confront a line of Dallas police officers during the march in Dallas.
Protesters confront a line of Dallas police officers during the march in Dallas. Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune
Protesters gathered for a memorial rally for George Floyd in Dallas on May 29, 2019.
Protesters gathered for a memorial rally for George Floyd in Dallas on May 29, 2019. Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/29/george-floyd-texas-protest-photos-houston-dallas-austin/.

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