Demonstrators walk down Broadway holding up their hands while chanting "Hands Up, don't shooot," to protest police brutality and racism in Eureka, CA on May 30 following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. | Photo by Thomas Lal

Eureka Protests Erupt After George Floyd Murder

Eureka protesters gathered in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse
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Eureka protesters gathered in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse

Hundreds of community members gathered in the rain outside of the Humboldt County Courthouse, Sat. May 30, to protest the death of George Floyd who was murdered while in police custody in Minneapolis, MN. From 3 to 10:30 p.m. demonstrators marched through Eureka up to the Slough Bridge, back through town and then down Broadway. Law enforcement was largely cooperative with demonstrators, blocking intersections as people made their way through traffic. Chants could be heard the entire way even as groups split up and went to various parts of the city. 

As the group returned to the courthouse tensions flared at the sight of several police vehicles, which were soon removed from the scene. Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson was present at the protest and spoke with demonstrators as the crowd dispersed and headed away from the courthouse. These demonstrations in Humboldt are some of countless that have sprung up across the nation following Floyd’s murder. 

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