Live: Protest in downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday

Thousands marched through downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday to protest racism, police brutality and the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody last week in Minneapolis.

During the march, organizers stopped traffic periodically for eight minutes and 46 seconds, representing the length of time a police officer’s knee was on Floyd’s neck, preventing him from breathing. 

Below is a recap of the live coverage from Gazette reporters and photographers.

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