FARGO — A demonstration and march is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, in downtown Fargo to remember George Floyd, who died Monday night after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd's neck for several minutes during an arrest.
Organizers of the local march, which is to start in the area of 207 Fourth St. N., posted details on a Facebook event page, including these sentiments:
"Every week there is a new story about an unarmed black man being killed. WE ARE TIRED!" The post reads.
"This peaceful march is to show the people of Minneapolis that we wholeheartedly stand with them in this time of crisis. The worst thing we can do as citizens of this country is to turn a blind eye and stay silent to the injustice in this country," added the post, which noted that everyone was welcome to join the march regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
"This is not just a black issue, this is all of our issue," the post said.
Floyd's arrest Monday was captured on cellphone video that has been widely shared online.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is urging the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to charge the officer seen in the video placing his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes as Floyd pleads with officers that he is in pain and can't breathe.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI have launched separate probes into the incident and four police officers present during the arrest have been fired.
In Minneapolis, thousands of protesters took to the streets Tuesday night in a demonstration that turned violent when people broke windows of a police building and unoccupied squad cars.
At one point, a line of officers tried to scatter the crowd by launching chemical irritants and flash-bang grenades.
On the Facebook page sharing information about the march planned Saturday in Fargo, one organizer posted this note in reply to questions and comments:
"This march is not put together by any organization or affiliated with any specific organizations or parties. We understand there is also still a virus going around. Come at your own discretion, if you’d like to wear a mask please bring one as we will not be providing any."
An organizer also said anyone planning to act violently at the march should stay home.
"You cannot fight fire with fire," the post said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 400 people had indicated on the Facebook page they were planning to take part in Saturday's march.