A Black Lives Matter silent vigil/protest for justice for George Floyd and to end police violence will be held at 4pm in Wellesley on Sunday, May 31 at Reidy Field on Washington Street. Signs are welcome.
George Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In video footage of the arrest, a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, 44, has Floyd pinned to the ground and is kneeling on his neck. Chauvin kept his knee of Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes, even as concerned bystanders tried to verbally intervene.
Floyd was taken by ambulance from the scene of the assault to a medical center, where he died about one hour later.
Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He has been fired, along with three other officers who were at the scene.
Since Floyd’s death, there have been widespread protests, some violent, across the country.
Wake up, Wellesley
Last year, a group of about 300 Wellesley High School (WHS) students, led by the student organization Young Ethnic Scholars (YES), walked out of class and onto the athletic field to “take action against the racial injustice rampant in YOUR community.”
The group, made up of students of color and their allies, was protesting racist incidents that occurred in the Wellesley public schools.
Hundreds gather in Natick
Separately, hundreds of community members gathered on Natick Common on Saturday, May 30 in support of justice for people of color who have been killed, threatened or otherwise unjustly treated in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody.