LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Protests are continuing throughout the state of Arkansas for a seventh straight day as part of a nationwide protest following the death of George Floyd.
The Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus released a statement Thursday on the death of George Floyd and the protests that have happened in Arkansas and across America.
“What we see in the streets of our state and nation is the result of voices tolerated–sometimes. Then dismissed. No more,” the caucus said.
On the 6th day of protesting, the nightly protest remained peaceful with protesters leaving the Capitol an hour before curfew. Organizer gets up in front the crowd and asks everyone to start heading home.
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Saturday, June 6
As many gather at the Capitol for the 8th day of protests, speakers are reminding the crowd to please leave by the 10 p.m. curfew.
Arkansans gather at the steps of Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock to peacefully protest.
Watch Gov. Hutchinson’s 5 p.m. press conference here:
Gov. Hutchinson holds a press conference after meeting with Arkansas protest organizers. He said they discussed how the protests have been handled, the police response, and concrete steps that should be taken.
The governor said there should be discipline, training, and discipline for all Arkansas officers and when they do not do as they should, they should be held accountable. He plans to have more meetings with the protesters in the future.
Watch Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., Police Chief 1 p.m. press conference here:
Mayor Scott said the City of Little Rock Dine Out Initiative is planning to increase outdoor capacity for restaurants.
Protesters march their way down 7th street. They gather in front of the mural of George Floyd and chant, “I can’t breathe.”
Mayor Frank Scott announced he is pushing the city of Little Rock curfew to 10 p.m. starting tonight, June 5. Their goal is to lift the curfew all together on Monday. He is asking for continued cooperation from peaceful protesters and ask them to remain peaceful.
Chief Humphrey said the last two nights of protests have been somewhat peaceful. There has been a total of 8 to 10 arrests in the past couple of days, but none of them were related to vandalism.
Chief Humphrey also thanked the peaceful protesters. He said, “I believe we are setting the tone for the nation for how our citizens are protesting.”
The City of North Little Rock curfew has expired, according to Jim Billings, Communication Director for North Little Rock.
Educators, parents and students are gathering for a peaceful protest in downtown Little Rock right now. Organizers want to give young people a voice in all of this.
Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey will hold a press briefing regarding public safety during protests, curfew, and a new restaurant initiative. The press conference will begin at 1 p.m.
A protest is scheduled for noon on Friday, June. 5. Protestors have called all educators to participate in a “Response to Injustice” peaceful demonstration, that will begin at the back of the Arkansas State Capitol and end at the 7th Street George Floyd mural.