A few thousand people took the streets of Jacksonville’s downtown on Saturday, sparked by outrage over the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protesters called for more transparency and accountability from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office, including wider use of body cameras.
After Saturday’s protests, police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of 200 or so and made several arrests. Protests continued on Sunday and the police again made arrests before Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams issued instituted a city wide curfew.
Jacksonville’s protests mirrored those in more than 75 cities nationally and an estimated 130 cities globally.
Toni Smailagic (@cre8jax) sent us a handful of photos from Saturday which we’ve shared below.
A note from our team here at Void Magazine:
Though we’ve long used our platform as a positive space to highlight and promote the best of arts and culture in our region, we cannot ignore the pain and suffering that’s been wrought upon the black community in our city for so long. We’re deeply saddened and outraged by the killing of George Floyd and we stand with those peacefully protesting for more accountability and transparency in police-involved killings. As a magazine that covers the distinctive and immensely creative culture of Northeast Florida, Black Lives have and always will Matter on our pages.