On Friday (May 29th), my family and I attended the George Floyd protest in Springfield MA. On our way there we came across this solo protester in Hadley. She was standing by the side of the road with her placard which read, “Justice for George Floyd.”

Every so often, someone would honk as they passed by, hopefully in support of the cause.

Floyd, an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. He had been arrested for trying to pay for a purchase in a deli with a counterfeit $20 bill. While he was handcuffed and lying face down on the street during the arrest, a white police officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck, pinning his head down.

In a mobile phone video recorded by a witness we can hear Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me.”

Floyd became unresponsive after about 6 minutes and went on to die, adding to a long list of black men who have lost their lives at the hands of the police and sparking outrage around the country and the world.

 

A solo protester holds up a 'Justice for George Floyd' placard along Route 9 in Hadley MA.