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Black Lives Matter peaceful protest happens in Kearney

People drive through Kearney to remember George Floyd and protest police brutality. (Credit: Shannon Heckt, KSNB)
People drive through Kearney to remember George Floyd and protest police brutality. (Credit: Shannon Heckt, KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: May. 30, 2020 at 7:49 PM CDT
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Central Nebraskans joined thousands of people across the country protest the death of an unarmed black man in police custody. The Black Lives Matter protest broke out in Kearney Saturday afternoon in a Walgreens parking lot.

Kevin Guerrero, who started the event, said it was completely unplanned. He showed up with four other people just before 4:00. In the next two hours, dozens of people joined them with signs reading "No Killer Cops" and "Black Lives Matter".

"We're just here to justify George's death and show that it's not in vane. We want the police to show that they care about us by policing the police. So if you really do care about us weed out the bad cops," Guerrero said.

Protesters remained calm on the public side walk. Cars honked in support while some passersby shouted at the demonstrators. There was no police activity.

Kearney joins a number of cities who have seen protests all across the country following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Videos circulated on Monday of a police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as he repeated said he was unable to breathe.

That officer was fired, arrested and charged with Third Degree Murder and Manslaughter on Friday. Protests have continued through the weekend as people push for a First Degree Murder charge and for changes to the police system.

Another protest is scheduled in Kearney on Sunday at 2:15 in front of the MONA.

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