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Protests over death of George Floyd resume in Missoula

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Jun 03, 2020

MISSOULA — Protesters gathered in downtown Missoula on Wednesday for the sixth straight day to speak out against the death of George Floyd.

Dozens of people lined up in front of the Missoula County Courthouse holding signs during the peaceful protest.

Several people -- some holding signs -- also marched in downtown Missoula on Wednesday afternoon.

The Missoula Police Department noted in a Wednesday morning social media post that “despite several rumors of violent protest groups coming to Missoula, we have not been able to confirm any such information.”

The local protests and rallies started on Friday following the lethal arrest of Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

Watch video of Wednesday's march in downtown Missoula below.

Dowotown Missoula George Floyd dearth protest march

Missoula Police Chief Jaeson White, University of Montana Police Department Chief Chief Marty Ludemann, Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott, Missoula Mayor John Engen and University of Montana President Seth Bodnar released a joint statement Saturday afternoon about recent events in Minneapolis, and protests across the country.

The statement reads as follows:

We recognize that as leaders in law enforcement, government and higher education, we have a particular responsibility to foster a welcoming and inclusive community.

And so, as we have witnessed troubling events and racial injustice in Minneapolis and across the country, we reaffirm our shared commitment to an inclusive, welcoming and supportive Missoula community that values and promotes diversity in all its forms. We each have an important role to play as advocates for justice and equity, and we as leaders commit to acting in solidarity against racism and acts of discrimination, injustice and violence. During this challenging time for our society, let this be an opportunity for our community to come together to speak and act in ways that make Missoula a place worthy of all people.