LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – More than 400 masked protesters peacefully gathered in downtown Lake Zurich today, to protest racism in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
George Floyd was killed May 25 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who killed Floyd by holding his knee against a handcuffed Floyd’s neck for more than 8 min. while Floyd begged for his life, and three additional police officers assisted Chauvin. George Floyd’s death has sparked worldwide riots.
Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed March 13 in her own home by Louisville, Ky. police during a late-night raid. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was hit by a car Feb. 23, then shot and killed while jogging. A third white man filmed the murder.
Teen’s Idea Brought to Life
Soft-spoken Dana Fleming, 15, who just finished her freshman year at Lake Zurich High School, organized the Black Lives Matter protest after her parents wouldn’t allow her to attend the larger protests in the city of Chicago.
“So I asked, why can’t we have a peaceful protest here in Lake Zurich?”
Fleming was soon joined by college students Isabelle Jordan, Zach Richards, and Nick Hervatin, all of whom had attended the Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago. (Jordan blogged about her experience at the Chicago rally here.)
Tomorrow: videos from the speakers and more content coming soon!