Protesters Gather In Downtown Pittsburgh For Protest As George Floyd’s Memorial Service Gets Underway In Minneapolis

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Protesters are gathering once again in downtown Pittsburgh today for a demonstration in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

They began gathering along Liberty Avenue at Wood Street.

Some are holding signs, others are chanting.

Chants of “George Floyd” and “No justice, no peace” can be heard ringing out from the crowd.

Part of Liberty Avenue was shut down first.

The protesters held a sit-in along a stretch of the road as Pittsburgh Police monitored the situation. Motorcycle officers are stationed along the street.

From there, they were expected to march over to the Allegheny County Jail, where a protest took place Tuesday.

On their way, they chanted along Smithfield Street and had a sit-in along Third Avenue.

From Smithfield, they made the turn to the Boulevard of the Allies, and then onto Grant Street.

On Second Avenue in front of the jail, rain started to fall on the protesters as they laid down in the streets, some with their hands up, and fell silent.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Tim Lawson)

The protesters hung a banner with Floyd’s face painted on it along a face outside the jail. They then took turns putting their hand print on it.

Pittsburgh Police have several blocks shut down as the protesters march through downtown.

As the protesters rallied downtown, mourners gathered at North Central University in Minneapolis for the first of three funeral events for Floyd.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was among those expected to eulogize the 46-year-old Floyd.

Demonstrations in cities across the U.S. and across the globe continue in the wake of his death. In the U.S., protests were largely calmer for a second straight night after new charges against police in Minneapolis were announced.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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