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Peaceful Protests Continue In Downtown Columbus

Protestors gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, June 3.
Adora Namigadde
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WOSU
Protestors gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, June 3.

Protests remained peaceful for the second consecutive day in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, a week after demonstrations sprung up over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Protestors marched away from the Statehouse up High Street around 8 p.m., holding signs and chanting slogans like “No justice, no peace.”

Just before 10 p.m., some people turned back to get to their cars ahead of the city's curfew.

Others, like Lanora Maxwell, continued marching north.

“I came here on Friday and this is my second day here. I have been here since 4 o’clock today,” Maxwell said. "I’ve been walking and making posters with me and my friends that continued to march down the street.”

Lanora Maxwell holds up a Black Lives Matter sign she used while protesting on Wednesday, June 3 in downtown Columbus.
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Lanora Maxwell holds up a Black Lives Matter sign she used while protesting on Wednesday, June 3 in downtown Columbus.

“I’ve heard a lot of times that all lives matter, and that is true," Maxwell continued. "No human being deserves to die. However, if a child gets a cut, are you gonna give a bandage to every single other child? No. You’re going to give the bandage to the child in need.”

The protestors splintered off and went in several directions after 10 p.m. Columbus Police let cars through temporary barricades depending on the direction of protestors.

The Wednesday protest came on the same day prosecutors charged three other officers in connection with Floyd's death. They also increased charges against Derek Chauvin to second-degree murder.

Chauvin, who is white, was initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Hennepin County last week after a video showed he pinned his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.