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Hundreds of people marched throughout Miami on Friday in continued support of the Black Lives Matter movement, causing officials to shut down several highways and the mayor of Miami-Dade to move up the county’s curfew.
Both directions of Interstate 95 were shut down due to protesters, the city of Miami Police Department said. Traffic cameras showed demonstrators gathering on I-95 at Northwest 29th Street. View the latest traffic conditions here.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez moved the county’s curfew time back up to 10 p.m. due to the protests. It takes effect immediately and remains until further notice. Earlier this week, the curfew was pushed back to midnight.
At one point in the evening, officials prevented the crowd from entering the Julia Tuttle Causeway and blocked off both directions of the highway. Chopper 6 was over the standoff between protesters and Florida Highway Patrol officers, which ended briefly when the officers went down on one knee.
The protesters converged in Wynwood and then made their way to Midtown. Some chanted, “No justice, no peace” and “say their names.”
The death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes, has sparked protests nationwide and called attention to issues such as police brutality and systemic racism.
Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers are charged with aiding and abetting.
In this feature by The New York Times, Minnesota protesters speak out on why they’ve been compelled to take to the streets following the death of George Floyd in police custody.