George Floyd protests in Oklahoma

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This is a list of George Floyd protests in Oklahoma, United States.

Locations[edit]

Ardmore[edit]

On May 31, approximately 150 people peacefully marched from the HFV Wilson Community Center through the streets of downtown Ardmore and back to protest the death of George Floyd, shouting "I can't breathe" and "no justice, no peace."[1]

Bartlesville[edit]

On June 5, hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Bartlesville to protest the death of George Floyd.[2]

Broken Arrow[edit]

On June 6, around 1,000 demonstrators marched from Central Park down Main Street and back to support Black Lives Matter and George Floyd. Before marching from Central Park, they held a moment of silence for eight minutes and forty-six seconds to honor Floyd's memory.[3]

Edmond[edit]

On June 6, a crowd of peaceful protesters demonstrated in front of the Edmond Police Department and marched through the streets to protest the death of George Floyd. They also protested the death of teenager Isaiah Lewis, who had been killed by Edmond police officers a year prior.[4]

Enid[edit]

A few dozen protesters peacefully demonstrated on Tuesday, June 2, by marching to the courthouse square at noon, chanting and waving signs for about an hour. Before the protesters dispersed, a city councilman appeared and invited them to attend that evening's city council meeting and speak during the public comment time.[5]

Lawton[edit]

One thousand people gathered and then marched around Lawton City Hall on May 31.[6]

Muskogee[edit]

On May 31, over a dozen people protested outside a Walmart and walked back and forth on the Shawnee Bypass in support of Black Lives Matter and George Floyd.[7]

Norman[edit]

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Norman on June 1, 2020 for a peaceful protest.[8]

Oklahoma City[edit]

On May 30, protesters gathered at Northwest 23rd Street and Classen Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. for a peaceful protest. However, the protest soon grew violent as reports of vandalism and looting were made, and police employed tear gas at least three times and arrested 13 people.[9] On May 31, another violent protest was held outside the police department where a Trump 2020 flag was burned. Mayor David Holt set a 10:00 p.m. curfew, and at least 25 more arrests were made. Black Lives Matter, who had organized protests that afternoon at the Oklahoma State Capitol, denied any involvement in the evening riots.[10]

Stillwater[edit]

On June 3, 2020, several hundred protested peacefully with speakers and signs in front of the police station.[11]

Tulsa[edit]

On Saturday, May 30, hundreds of people protested peacefully on a six-mile march through midtown.[12] One protester was hit by a vehicle when the protest moved onto Interstate 44, briefly shutting it down.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Michael (June 1, 2020). "Floyd death prompts solidarity march in Ardmore". The Ardmoreite. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Weaver, Kristen (June 5, 2020). "Hundreds March In Bartlesville To Protest After Death Of George Floyd". KOTV-DT. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Jones, Corey (June 7, 2020). "Broken Arrow peaceful protest against police brutality, racism addresses issues from why Black Lives Matter to empathy and white privilege". Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Edmond protesters recall Isaiah Lewis' death". The Oklahoman. June 6, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Turner, Jeff (June 2, 2020). "Protesters march in downtown Enid in reaction to George Floyd's death". Enid News & Eagle. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Rains, Scott (June 2, 2020). "Peace rally calls for systemic change and community action for a better nation". The Lawton Constitution. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  7. ^ Spaulding, Cathy (May 31, 2020). "Demonstrators chant and carry signs in 'Black Lives Matter' gatherings". Muskogee Phoenix. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Bruno, Jessica. "OK protests continue Monday as demonstrations head to Norman". KFOR. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  9. ^ "Law enforcement vehicle burned, tear gas deployed as protest intensifies in Oklahoma City". KOCO. June 1, 2020.
  10. ^ "Overnight curfew issued for part of downtown OKC after protests intensify". KOCO. June 1, 2020.
  11. ^ Elmquist, Jason. "PHOTO GALLERY: Stillwater's We Can't Breathe Peaceful Protest". Stillwater News Press. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Hundreds gather in Tulsa, joining nationwide protests". KTUL. May 30, 2020.