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Vigil, protest planned in Clovis


June 3, 2020

CLOVIS — A vigil and protest in honor of the Minnesota man who died in police custody on May 25 have been scheduled for later this week.

A Facebook group called “Clovis Vigil for George Floyd” has planned a 7 p.m. Saturday vigil at Greene Acres Park, and a separate protest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in front of the Curry County Courthouse.

The group has also scheduled meetings 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Greene Acres Park as a space to discuss racism experienced in the community and necessary changes.

Floyd, an African-American man, died after he was arrested on allegations he used a counterfeit $20 bill. An officer shown on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck has been charged with murder. The incident has sparked protests and vigils in Floyd’s honor across the country.

Kayala Gamble, one of five community members organizing the Clovis events, said the group will not tolerate violence and requests participants wear face coverings at all events.

Assistant City Manager Claire Burroughes said the city is working on paperwork to close the 700 block of Main to traffic to accommodate the protest.

Information on the events can be found by searching for “Clovis Vigil for George Floyd” on Facebook.


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