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‘Kneel for justice, not murder’: Hundreds flood TNCC Williamsburg as protests against racism, injustice continue across the US

Hundreds rallied at the Williamsburg campus of Thomas Nelson Community College to protest racism and police violence Friday, June 5, 2020. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Joseph Miller)
Hundreds rallied at the Williamsburg campus of Thomas Nelson Community College to protest racism and police violence Friday, June 5, 2020. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Joseph Miller)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Gallery of photos below the story)

Massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality were mainstays during the weekend, and some say the protests were the largest as of yet.

The demonstrations are spurred by the police custody death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck.

Four police officers have been charged in connection with the incident.

Thousands gathered over the weekend, in cities big and small.

Locally, protests in Williamsburg have attracted hundreds of people the past few days.

Protests continued through the weekend and more are planned for the coming days. Most have been peaceful.

Here’s the scene Friday at the Williamsburg campus of Thomas Nelson Community College:

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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