Midtown protest ends peacefully, roadway reopened after more than five hours


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE: (1:20 a.m.) Police removed the barricades and officers in riot gear left. A few officers remained on the scene.

UPDATE: (1:10 a.m.) A couple of dozen protesters remain outside the Walgreens and officers have fallen back from the barricades to the middle of Union Ave.


Some police officers are speaking directly with members of the crowd, listening to their stories and issues.

“I’m not a threat just because I’m black,” one man said.

UPDATE: (12:20 a.m.) Memphis Police bring in additional barricades to separate police from protesters.

UPDATE: (12:00 a.m.) Midnight in Memphis at the corner of Union Ave. and S. McLean Blvd. We’re now going on more than four hours since the peaceful protest for #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd started at 7:25 p.m.

Protestors chant ‘No justice, no peace’ as they face a line of Memphis Police officers in riot gear.

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NOW; Police have asked people to clear the streets. Officers say they will use force is people don’t comply. This is the first time we’ve seen officers in riot gear tonight. @FOX13Memphis
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UPDATE: (11:45 p.m.) Several dozen MPD officers lined parts of S. McLean and Union Ave. Most of the remaining protesters were on the sidewalk or the parking lot of the nearby Walgreens.

UPDATE: (11:15 p.m.) Officers in riot gear arrived just after 11 p.m. Pepper spray was deployed. FOX13 saw another protester put into handcuffs near Union Ave. and S. McLean.

Mixed emotions Wednesday night as local activists, civil rights leaders, and others in the Memphis community grapple with recent racial injustice.

Police blocked part of Union Ave. as people took to the street to protesters the death of George Floyd, the man who died in Minneapolis after an officer put a knee on his neck while he was in handcuffs.

MPD confirmed two people have been arrested.


Midtown protest ends peacefully, roadway reopened after more than five hours Midtown protest ends peacefully, roadway reopened after more than five hours Reviewed by Anson Moore on May 28, 2020 Rating: 5

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