George Floyd Protesters Block Highway Traffic In San Jose

May 29, 2020 - 8:22 pm

Protesters upset over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis blocked traffic Friday afternoon on southbound Highway 101 in San Jose, moving on to City Hall after dispersing from the freeway.

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Officers in riot gear advanced down the street on foot and in a line of motorcycles, firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd as projectiles were thrown at police from a distance.

Some at the demonstration knelt in a symbolic line in front of officers. Trash cans were lit on fire.

At one point, police moved in as a group was trying to set up a vehicle as a barrier.

Protesters take a knee in front of @sanjosepd

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One San Jose Police officer has been hurt, according to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

It's estimated up to 300 people are outside of City Hall.

Some protesters were taken into custody. It’s not clear how many arrests have been made.

"As you can imagine, things are very fluid and very mobile," Santa Clara Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Lowe told KCBS Radio's Patti Reising and Jeff Bell. "At this point, we are assisting the San Jose Police Department as well as the California Highway Patrol in just trying to maintain order and make sure everyone stays safe."

"Anger and peaceful protest will always be appropriate responses to injustice; violence will never be," Liccardo tweeted Friday evening. "San Jose is united in outrage over the atrocious crime committed in Minneapolis and in sadness over George Floyd's horrible death."

The protesters are condemning the death of the 46-year-old Floyd, who died Monday as officers arrested him outside a convenience store after a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. The officer who pressed his knee to Floyd's neck was arrested Friday morning. He's been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Similar demonstrations were taking place around the country simultaneously in cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York and in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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