George Floyd protests in Akron: Mayor Horrigan, officers kneel with protesters; bomb detonator found downtown – News – Akron Beacon Journal

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We are now in front of Buchtel HS. Several protesters share their stories. @beaconjournal pic.twitter.com/rQjowHgvMS

– Jeff Lange (@JeffJefflange) June 6, 2020

“The blood of black men and women permeates this country,” Reverend Jaland Finney of Second Baptist Church told a crowd of protesters who gathered outside the church to honor #GeorgeFloyd in Akron, Ohio, June 6 2020. @beaconjournal pic .twitter.com / j8XAMtHxhA

– Seyma Bayram (@ SeymaBayram0) June 6, 2020 The next expected event is at 4 p.m. when elected officials and black community leaders from Summit County “stand together and united” at the Monument Hotel Matthew, 77 N. Howard Street and Main Street, Akron. Moment of silence at 4.30 p.m. for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Residents and politicians gather for a rally at the Matthews Hotel monument in Akron. pic.twitter.com/z3EpYp28n8

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

3:40 p.m .: Protesters for the day’s main march are currently at the West Exchange and Portage Path.

Protesters walk down Gale Street in Akron. @beaconjournal pic.twitter.com/1cxytcTZj9

– Jeff Lange (@JeffJefflange) June 6, 2020

A second downtown walk is planned from the Second Baptist Church in South Main. The same group marched peacefully at the Stubbs Justice Center last Saturday.

Pastor Roderick C. Pounds of the Second Baptist Church, Akron’s oldest black church, addresses the protesters before this afternoon’s march for #GeorgeFloyd in Akron, Ohio on June 4, 2020. @beaconjournal pic .twitter.com / NXzbxA7eHm

– Seyma Bayram (@ SeymaBayram0) June 6, 2020

3:15 pm: A large crowd of protesters marches west along Market Street in Akron.

More people continue to show up at Akron protest pic.twitter.com/6onAgmJ29P

– Jiovanni Lieggi (@lieggiji) June 6, 2020

2:45 p.m .: The police told the march organizers that a detonator had been found in the city center. The police are now on “heightened” alert.

2:30 p.m .: Protesters marched north along High Street and past Stubbs Justice Centers shouting “This is what democracy looks like”.

Akron police warn the organizers of the march that a bomb detonator has been found in downtown Akron. Police say they are now on “heightened” alert. pic.twitter.com/uvTm0kg9I8

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Akron’s march continues. pic.twitter.com/QxGZ2GXcjv

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Protesters march past the Akron Police Department. pic.twitter.com/OmxHGJaeh6

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Protesters return to Akron Police Department. pic.twitter.com/oK1K7s1KIL

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

2:00 p.m .: Protesters returned to their starting point at the corner of South High and East Exchange. Speeches are in progress.

Protesters are kneeling at the corner of Broadway and Exchange streets in Akron. pic.twitter.com/dx8E5ILkEp

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Protesters, numbering in the hundreds, move away from Akron Police Department. pic.twitter.com/q8hWFXLCfX

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

1:30 pm: Many Akron police officers knelt in front of the protesters Saturday outside the Stubbs Justice Center, with the cheering crowd chanting “take a knee”. An African American officer left the line of officers protecting the building and stepped forward to kneel. About 10% of the officers remained standing. Unlike last Saturday, the police were not wearing riot gear.

Some officers agree to kneel at the Akron Police Department. pic.twitter.com/8zPAvkyQ3Y

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Akron’s mayor and two officers kneel in solidarity. pic.twitter.com/RBCYloJmTg

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Akron police greet the protesters. They don’t wear riot gear. pic.twitter.com/LAqKKbtIPb

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

1 p.m.: A crowd of several hundred protesters has gathered along South High Street to protest the police violence. The organizers stressed that the demonstration must be peaceful. Akron’s mayor Dan Horrigan joined the crowd and kneeled when asked. The group is now walking north along High towards the Stubbs Justice Center.

Akron’s mayor joins the march to Akron’s police department. pic.twitter.com/1KSWtNQPD1

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Hundreds kneel and pray for change in downtown Akron. pic.twitter.com/6M9U0CflUJ

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

The mayor of Akron agrees to join the protesters and kneels on the street. pic.twitter.com/efY11DGDf0

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Protesters ask Akron police to knee. pic.twitter.com/qZgpN3bKm4

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Organizers threaten to launch rioters on “wolves” if they cause violence and destruction in central Akron. Today is a day to send a message of change. pic.twitter.com/HJ12bvdFf1

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in downtown Akron to demand change. Songs of justice without peace. pic.twitter.com/7nx99x75xo

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

The mayor of Akron listens to protesters demanding change. pic.twitter.com/7tY77yfp2Y

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

A second group of protesters joined another rally in downtown Akron. pic.twitter.com/nmErOm34GO

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Protesters gather at the corner of High and Exchange Streets in downtown Akron for a planned downtown march. pic.twitter.com/E7CNoLw6iw

– Craig Webb (@ CraigWebb68) June 6, 2020

Noon: A small crowd has gathered so far at the corner of East Exchange and South High streets. Here is an aerial overview around noon of our News Channel 5 partners.

Demonstration at Kent State and Kent

BlackLivesMatter protesters flood Kent Police Department #rcnow pic.twitter.com/0x0MterCep

– KristaKanoRCedu (@KristaKanoRCedu) June 6, 2020

Portage Naacp President Geraldine Hayes-Nelson said it was by far the largest blacklivesmatter in the county. Crowd of hundreds of people leaving the rock and heading towards Kent pd. More speeches to follow before heading to rue de l’Eau pic.twitter.com/zJGbFMWrPh

– KristaKanoRCedu (@KristaKanoRCedu) June 6, 2020

Black student leaders from Kent State speak before George Floyd’s campus march #rcnow pic.twitter.com/bpl46jzb1P

– KristaKanoRCedu (@KristaKanoRCedu) June 6, 2020

Today’s Akron protests

The Beacon Journal confirmed three public events today at Akron, although there is also an event scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Noon to 5.30 p.m .: South High Street opposite the Stubbs Justice Center. Organized by Justice Against Police Brutality, which posted details on Facebook, and calls for a peaceful event.

3:00 pm: Peaceful but powerful demonstration against the rally, Second Baptist Church, 690 South Main St. “The purpose of the event is twofold – to give community members the opportunity to share their views and encourage ‘exercise of rights and civic engagement in the community,’ said a press release.

4:00 p.m .: Elected and community leaders from Summit County, standing, solidarity and unity, Matthew Hotel monument, 77 N. Howard Street and Main Street, Akron. Moment of silence at 4.30 p.m. for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Meet the organizers

Ryan Stull, Shawn Mansfield and Davonta’e Winchester, all of Akron, helped lead the major protests in Akron this past weekend and are planning another downtown protest that begins Saturday at noon at 60 S. High St Here is their story.

Downtown parking restrictions

Police will close half a dozen major roads in downtown Akron this weekend due to the planned protests.

Here are which roads are closed.



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