Dozens of doctors, nurses and other health care workers and students knelt in support of anti-police brutality protests in Salt Lake City on Friday. To honor George Floyd and decry racism
About 100 people in Utah joined healthcare professionals around the country using the label White Coats for Black Lives to honor George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota who died at the hands of police in an incident that sparked protests around the world. They knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time Floyd was held under an officer’s knee.
Hundreds of people have been taking to the streets in Salt Lake City every night this week to draw attention to police brutality and racism.
Meanwhile, in the southern Utah city of St. George on Thursday, nearly 1,000 protesters walked the streets shouting “No justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe.”
“I just feel empowered to see so many people here. I feel loved,” said Augustus Fraser, a football player at Dixie State University, to the Spectrum newspaper.
Police handed out Popsicles to protests at the demonstration, which was calm aside from a brief incident where a line of trucks drove by and taunted the demonstrators.
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