Two events are planned Saturday in Rochester to respond to the death of a black man in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department earlier this week.
A peaceful demonstration is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1738 E. Center St. The demonstration, called Rochester People's Rally: Justice for George Floyd (BLACK OUT) is described by organizers on the event's Facebook page as a local community demonstration asking for justice for George Floyd and his family.
"This is a peaceful demonstration meant to provide a safe place for community members to gather and express their frustrations," the event description reads. "Please come join us on Saturday, May 30, 2020, to stand in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters. This is a family friendly event, so please bring your children, family and friends."
The event's call to action is to demand that the four officers involved in the death of Floyd be held accountable for their actions and that justice is served.
Those in attendance are asked to wear masks and keep at least six feet of space between attendees. As a black out, attendees are also asked to wear black.
A virtual community vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, as well. The vigil will be live-streamed on Facebook. (Print readers can find a link to the stream on the NAACP Rochester, MN Facebook page.
The event is planned by members of the Rochester Branch the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Rochester for Justice, Diversity Council, Concerned Community Members, Mayo Clinic, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI), The Southeastern Minnesota Interfaith Immigrant Legal Defense (SMIILD), and the Unitarian Universalist Board on behalf of UU Church.