Friday Protests: Rallies In Southeastern Wisconsin Continue
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Protests are happening around the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.
In Milwaukee, protests have been occurring since last Friday over Floyd's death and other cases of police brutality. Here you'll find ongoing updates about the protests in the Milwaukee area. You can check out more of WUWM's protest coverage:
7:03 p.m.: Racine Car Caravan Draws Over 100
In pursuit of racial justice, a coalition of community groups, including Voces De La Frontera and the NAACP organized a car caravan protest in Racine Friday afternoon. Cars were decorated in support of Black Lives Matter, with slogans like “no justice, no peace.”
Drivers honked as they made their way from Roosevelt Park to the Racine County Courthouse for a press conference. Organizers were emphasizing a car caravan and for people to wear masks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event honored George Floyd of Minneapolis, Tyrese West of Racine, an 18-year-old African American man killed by Mount Pleasant police in 2019, and Dontre Hamilton, who was killed by Milwaukee police in 2014, as well as other people of color killed by police.
The Racine Police Department escorted the caravan at the front and back. People attending the event spanned ages, races and ethnicities, and included many members of YES, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, the student affiliate of Voces de la Frontera.
6:18 p.m.: Hundreds Gather Along Busy Intersection In Brookfield
Milwaukee has been the center of some of the largest Wisconsin protests over the last week, but suburbanites have been rallying as well.
In Brookfield on Friday, around 300 protesters gathered for about 90 minutes during late afternoon traffic at the intersection of Moorland and Bluemound roads.
The protest was peaceful and participants did not block traffic. Many cars driving by honked in an apparent show of support.