LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Several hundred people held a peaceful rally Sunday in Lake Charles following the death of George Floyd.
Protests have been held around the world after the 46-year-old Floyd died while being arrested in Minneapolis on May 25. Video showed police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he passed out and died. Chauvin has since been arrested for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The complaint against Chauvin says he had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds - 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that after Floyd became unresponsive.
While protests in other cities have turned violent, that was not the case in Lake Charles on Sunday.
The protest remained peaceful as around 300 people gathered at the intersection of Broad Street and Enterprise Boulevard. It was being organized by the Black Heritage Festival of Louisiana who says the event is, “About bringing a voice to the unheard and standing united against injustice.”