George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as the man struggled to breathe.
Chauvin, who is white, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter May 29.
In the days following Floyd’s death, thousands around the country protested in Minneapolis; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; and more, including protests in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Demonstrations were also seen around the world in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Syria, New Zealand and more.
Protesters demanded justice for Floyd and others victimized by police brutality.
Note We will no longer be making daily updates to this page as area protests become less frequent. For regular coverage, see theshorthorn.com/news. Saturday, June 27
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Saturday.
Fort Worth: Protest group “Enough is Enough” scheduled a march at the Tarrant County Courthouse on Saturday. Dallas: Protest group “We Take the Streets” held a demonstration in support of the Latinx community against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. People held signs and flags, chanting, “No fear, no hate, no ICE in our state!” as they marched the streets of downtown. Friday, June 26
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Friday.
Fort Worth: A protest was scheduled in Fort Worth by group “Free Our Boyz” on Friday evening.
Dallas: On Friday a makeshift memorial honoring victims of racial injustice and police brutality was taken down after being installed the day before. The memorial was located along a tennis court fence in Germany Park and had victims’ pictures tied to the chain link along with flowers woven into the diamond-shaped gaps.
Protest group “We Take the Streets” was alerted of a $1,000 fine to be implemented if the installation was not taken down. The group chose to meet at Germany Park to take down the memorial instead of their usual rendezvous at City Hall.
Thursday, June 25
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Thursday.
Fort Worth: No protests were reported in Fort Worth on Thursday. Dallas: Protest group “We Take the Streets” started its march with a traffic shutdown at the intersection of Young and Ervay streets. Volunteer security in green reflective vests led the group as protesters marched through downtown with raised signs and fists. Wednesday, June 24
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Wednesday.
Fort Worth: A sit-in was scheduled by the Fort Worth protest group, according to a protest agenda.
Dallas: A "pups protest" was organized at City Hall, where protesters brought their dogs and listened to speaker Dee Crane, whose son was shot and killed by a police officer. Afterwards, another group of protesters met at City Hall before participating in a daily march.
As the country enters into its fourth week of protests, Dallas protesters have had a consistent showing each evening.
Tuesday, June 23
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Tuesday.
Fort Worth: A group of protesters met at City Hall before taking to the streets of downtown. Dallas: Protesters participated in their daily evening march through downtown. During the march, the group stopped in front of the Dallas Police Department at the intersection of Belleview and Lamar streets before moving on. Monday, June 22
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Monday.
Fort Worth: “Enough is Enough” protest group marched through downtown. The group shouted “What do we want? Justice!” to the beat of a participant's drum. Dallas: Protest group “We Take the Streets” hosted another daily march downtown. At one point the group stopped and laid down on the lawn of Klyde Warren Park, shouting “I can’t breathe.” Sunday, June 21
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Sunday.
Fort Worth: A group of protestors marched through the streets of downtown. It was reported that people coming from restaurants and stores came out to join them. Along the way over a dozen police officers on bikes followed behind. No confrontations were reported. Dallas: “Mothers and Fathers Against Police Brutality” group met at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza and a “Pups Protest” group met at Dallas City Hall. The group “We Take The Streets,” which usually meets daily in the evenings, did not march Sunday due to inclement weather. Saturday, June 20
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Saturday.
Fort Worth: A large group of protesters took its march to the Fort Worth Stockyards. At one point the group stopped, lifted their fists in the air and shouted, “Fist up, fight back!” Dallas: A march was held in honor of Allen Brooks, a Black man who was lynched at the intersection of Main and Akard streets in 1910. Another march for Black Lives Matter occurred later in Lancaster toward the evening, chanting “crooked police.” Friday, June 19
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington Friday.
Fort Worth: This year’s Juneteenth celebrations started with 93-year-old Opal Lee, a Fort Worth resident, walking two and a half miles from the Fort Worth Convention Center to the Will Rogers Memorial Center. A caravan of around 400 cars followed behind her during the march. Dallas: Several Juneteenth celebrations took place in Dallas on Friday. Dance Hub of DFW held a Texas Strong Dance Protest at the JFK Memorial Plaza. Greek fraternities and sororities held March for Solidarity, marching past Dallas City Hall to encourage voting in the November general election. A Justice for Black Lives rally was held at Klyde Warren Park, where dozens showed up to listen to speakers. A large group of protesters marched through downtown into the night, not stopping for the rain. Thursday, June 18
Arlington: UTA’s Progessive Student Union held a rally at Levitt Pavilion. Toward the beginning of the rally, a shirtless man tried to provoke a fight with protesters and shortly after the Arlington Police Department arrested him. Speakers at the rally called for community control of police. The group took a knee with raised fists at the intersection of Center and Abram streets for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Afterward, group leaders encouraged people to continue to fight for justice.
Fort Worth: No protests were reported in Fort Worth on Thursday. Dallas: Protesters took to the streets of downtown with signs and large red, white and blue flags reading “Black Lives Matter.” The group stopped at the intersection of 75 Central Highway and Lemmon Avenue, raising their signs and waving the flags before continuing their march.
Mark Napieralski, Progressive Student Union president, speaks during a protest sponsored by PSU on June 18 in Arlington. The demonstration called for community control of police.
Wednesday, June 17
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Wednesday.
Fort Worth: Protest group “Enough is Enough” held a community outreach event at Trinity Park. The event gave people the opportunity to talk about their experiences with racism and law enforcement. Speakers also talked about reforms for the Fort Worth Police Department. Dallas: Protesters marched through the streets of downtown with masks and signs. The group “We Take the Streets” organized this and other nightly protests starting at Dallas City Hall. Tuesday, June 16
Arlington: No protests were reported in Arlington on Tuesday.
Fort Worth: A group of about 30 people gathered at the Tarrant County Courthouse to go through plans for the rest of the week. No marches were reported Tuesday. Dallas: Protesters took to the streets of downtown Dallas on Tuesday evening. Volunteer security in green reflective jackets led the group. While at the intersection of McKinney Avenue and Pearl Street, a man in a Mercedes Benz sped toward the crowd. After a protester kicked the side door, the man stopped and got down to inspect the side of his car, a firearm in hand. After the incident, one of the security volunteers called for protesters to stay behind them and avoid cars. Monday, June 15 No protests or demonstrations were reported Monday.
Sunday, June 14
Arlington: Protesters marched in the street and over a bridge crossing I-20. Cars honked in support as protesters passed with signs, chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Fort Worth: A silent protest was held downtown, starting at the Tarrant County Courthouse and moving to Sundance Square. Protesters took a knee and raised their fists in front of restaurants in the square. Flyers addressed to police officers were handed out and pinned to protesters' shirts. Each paper said participants would not answer any questions or agree to a search of person and property without an attorney present. The march ended back at the Tarrant County Courthouse, where a Confederate monument has recently been removed per county commissioners’ vote. Dallas: A group of protesters marched from Klyde Warren Park to Dallas City Hall. Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall called for unity in working together for change. Saturday, June 13
Arlington: About 60 people gathered to protest outside Levitt Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The group was led by UTA NAACP and Arlington NAACP. Speakers addressed the assembled group. The gathering marched down Division Street to the Arlington Police Department headquarters and said a few words before turning back.
Fort Worth: Protesters gathered outside the Tarrant County courthouse Friday evening and marched down Main Street. The group stopped at Sundance Square before turning onto Second Street and marching down Commerce Street. As protesters marched back to the courthouse, tensions rose over a citation given to one woman for using a megaphone to speak to patrons on restaurant patios. The group then marched down Main Street back into Sundance Square and turned onto Fourth Street before marching toward Fifth and Taylor streets. Police officers formed a line outside Flying Saucer Draught Emporium and told protesters they could not use a bullhorn. The group then marched back to the courthouse and three protesters were arrested, two of which were on allegations of criminal destruction of property. Dallas: Protesters marched north on Harry Hines Boulevard on Saturday afternoon in front of Santos Rodriguez Recreational Center at Pike Park. The group moved south toward downtown on Main Street, then turned back north. Protesters headed under Woodall Rodgers Freeway before marching back on Harry Hines Boulevard and ending in front of Santos Rodriguez Recreational Center.
Arlington NAACP member Channing Hill leads protesters in a chant during an Arlington NAACP rally and march June 13 in Arlington. Protesters chanted the names "George Floyd" and "
Breonna Taylor" among others as they marched.
Friday, June 12
Arlington: No protests or gatherings were reported Friday.
Fort Worth: Mayor Betsy Price released a statement Friday afternoon ensuring several policies regarding the use of force that are already in place will be enforced by police. Two new policies in the process of being reviewed, enhanced and/or implemented include all alternatives being exhausted before shooting and comprehensive reporting on the use of force. Protesters gathered in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse on Friday evening and a separate group gathered outside Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse. The group left the steakhouse and marched down Main Street. Protesters reached Seventh Street and gathered outside Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and exchanged words with customers. The group then marched back to the courthouse. Dallas: A group of 75 protesters marched Friday evening on northbound Malcolm X Boulevard toward Al Lipscomb Way and a group of 100 protesters marched on Young and Ervay streets. Thursday, June 11
Arlington: Community members and police officers held a prayer in front of Arlington City Hall on Thursday evening.
Fort Worth: Protesters gathered around the Tarrant County Courthouse on Thursday evening and before gathering outside Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse. Police officers lined up on Houston Street in front of protesters and blocked the entrance to the steakhouse. Police told the group they would be arrested if they did not leave the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, so protesters decided to head down to Houston Street. The group gathered outside Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the intersection of Main and Eighth streets, where police also blocked the entrance. Several protesters and patrons leaving The Capital Grille had a verbal exchange after one woman shouted “All lives matter.” Protesters then marched back to the courthouse. Dallas: Protesters gathered outside Gateway Church in North Dallas on Thursday afternoon as President Donald Trump met with religious leaders. The group chanted “Black lives matter” and “Defund [Dallas Police Department],” as a Trump supporter shouted “All lives matter” back at the group. Both parties were directly across from each other. Black Lives Matter protesters moved to the corner of Hillcrest Street as President Trump arrived. Police officers put on extra equipment, and protesters faced off with officers. As President Trump left Gateway Church, protesters were moved back as the mounted unit left. Protesters then marched down Churchill Way and held a moment of silence for George Floyd before proceeding to the intersection of Preston Road and Churchill Way.
A protester carries a Black Lives Matter flag during a demonstration against police brutality outside the Tarrant County Courthouse on June 11 in Fort Worth. Protesters marched around downtown, stopping at several restaurants and chanting at people along the way.
Wednesday, June 10
Arlington: No protests or gatherings were reported Wednesday.
Fort Worth: A protest began at the Tarrant County Courthouse on Wednesday evening where petitions were made available for people to sign. Protesters began moving down Main Street and marched down Sundance Square, then turned on Sixth Street, chanting, “George Floyd,” “Atatiana,” and “Black lives matter.” The group then gathered in front of the Target near Montgomery Plaza, where store employees handed protesters water bottles in the parking lot. Protesters also went into Gloria’s Latin Cuisine carrying signs and chanting “Black lives matter,” before marching back to the courthouse. Dallas: The city of Dallas gave an update on COVID-19 efforts Wednesday evening with free testing continuing for protesters for as long as protests keep going. The City of Dallas said the surge in cases is likely the result of better testing, and five to seven walk-up testing sites will be erected soon. Protesters are being asked to be cautious about interacting with vulnerable populations after protesting. Tuesday, June 9
Arlington: Arlington City Council unanimously passed two new resolutions concerning racial equity Tuesday evening. After a moment of silence for the late George Floyd, the first resolution presented as “Equity Related to COVID-19.” This resolution acknowledges the pandemic’s devastating impact on those over the age of 65 and members of the African American and Hispanic communities. The second resolution presented itself as “Racial Equity Resolution,” affirming the city’s commitment to equality for its residents of all racial, ethnic and national origins.
Fort Worth: Protesters gathered at the Tarrant County Courthouse on Tuesday evening. About 150 people drove to West Seventh Street to gather and conserve energy. A protest of about 100 people gathered at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Another group of protesters met outside Target near Montgomery Plaza before marching to Crockett Street and West Seventh Street, where they went inside Hopdoddy Burger Bar banging on trays and bowls. Dallas: The Dallas Mavericks held “Courageous Conversations” on Tuesday morning at Victory Plaza outside the American Airlines Center. Team employees discussed systemic disparities facing the African American community. Parkland Health & Hospital System announced there will be a pop-up coronavirus testing site for protesters starting Wednesday near the American Airlines Center. Monday, June 8
Arlington: A protest of about 300 people began in front of UTA’s School of Social Work building in the afternoon. Protesters marched down Cooper Street, chanting “Get your knees off my neck” in front of the Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building. The march proceeded around campus and back to the School of Social Work building, where protesters took a knee to show solidarity.
Fort Worth: Ed Kraus, Fort Worth police chief, announced all charges for rioting that resulted from the protests would be dropped. A protest began at the Tarrant County Courthouse in the afternoon, where protesters marched and stopped on West Seventh Street, sitting for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that Minneapolis police held George Floyd down. Protesters then arrived at Montgomery Plaza and marched into Target, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” Protesters proceeded into Social House Bar and Restaurant on West Seventh Street, chanting, “Black Lives Matter.” Dallas: A protest began in the evening in front of the Dallas Police Department headquarters. Golden Gate Funeral Home set up a George Floyd tapestry in front of the building, along with a hearse parked outside with the man’s name on it. Another protest marched down Lamar Street. With approval from the city of Dallas, artists began painting the words “Black Lives Matter” in front of Dallas City Hall. The paint is not permanent and dozens of volunteers helped in the effort.
Psychology senior LaDarius Sanders kneels during a protest against racial injustice on the UTA campus June 8 in Arlington. Organizers asked participants to kneel and raise a fist for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the same amount of time George Floyd was pinned to the ground.
Sunday, June 7
Arlington: Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church held a “peaceful walk and time of prayer,” which moved north 1.3 miles from the church to Arlington City Hall. Rev. Kennedy Jones, who led the walk, marched with his father in the famous Selma, Alabama, march in 1965.
Fort Worth: Protesters met at the Tarrant County Courthouse at 6 p.m. The nearby Confederate monument was covered with a cloth bearing the words, “Monuments made during Jim Crow serve to keep racism alive. This exists to erase our racist past.” From there the group marched north, passing a former Fort Worth headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan, before reaching Jacksboro Highway and returning downtown. Dallas: Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano and City Council member Adam Bazaldua co-hosted a march that met at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. before making its way to Fair Park along Malcolm X Boulevard, Park Row and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. In the Cedars district, protesters gathered outside South Side Flats, the apartment complex where 26-year-old Botham Jean was killed in 2018 by Amber Guyger, former Dallas police officer. The crowd knelt for some time to acknowledge the nearly nine minutes George Floyd was held to the ground by Minneapolis police. Saturday, June 6
Arlington: A group of protesters began to march to the Arlington Police Department on Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Division and Cooper streets. Protesters gathered outside the police department with signs before marching to Levitt Pavilion.
Fort Worth: Protesters gathered outside the Tarrant County courthouse Saturday evening as officials and candidates for local office spoke. Protesters marched down Belknap Street and headed down Seventh Street, then assembled in Montgomery Plaza. During the evening, protesters stopped in front of Varsity Tavern and Your Mom’s House bars, chanting, “All silence is violence.”
Dallas: A “Dallas Stand up for Justice” protest began at Belo Garden Park on Saturday afternoon. Protesters blocked traffic at Fields Street and Cedar Springs Road and then marched under Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Protesters took a knee and a moment of silence at Main and Commerce streets before returning to Belo Garden Park.
A separate protest, the “Dallas Cyclist Community Silent Group Ride Protest,” occurred at Dallas City Hall to honor black lives victimized by police brutality. S. Lee Merritt, attorney for Atatiana Jefferson’s family, spoke at City Hall, where a few hundred people participated in the memorial cyclist ride.
Cyclists participate in a ride of silence in memory of George Floyd on June 6 in Dallas. Cyclists rode 8.46 miles because Floyd was pinned to the ground for eight minute and 46 seconds.
Friday, June 5
Arlington: Community members, the Arlington Police Department and Mayor Jeff Williams attended a “We Are Related” event at Cornerstone Baptist Church. The Police Department tweeted that the purpose of the event was to show commitment to a solution and to stand with everyone in improving the city.
Fort Worth: Protesters gathered outside of the Tarrant County courthouse Friday afternoon, chanting “No justice, no peace.” The group marched to Fort Worth City Hall, Convention Center and across the West Seventh Street Bridge, where protestors marched in silence in remembrance of those who died to police violence.
Dallas: A group of about 300 people gathered for a march in downtown. Outside of Dallas City Hall, protesters sang happy birthday to Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 on Friday. Police officers shot Taylor eight times on March 13 after using a battering ram to crash into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky.
After the 7 p.m. curfew, protesters regrouped at Cole Park where they wrapped up the day’s demonstration.
Thursday, June 4
Arlington: Protesters gathered at S.J. Stovall Park for discussion before marching to Sublett Road and Cooper Street. They kneeled for nine minutes at the intersection, about the same amount of time Floyd was pinned by Officer Chauvin.
Fort Worth: A protest began near the Fort Worth City Hall on Thursday afternoon, just before the Fort Worth City Council meeting around 3 p.m. Protesters chanted “Vote them out” and “Black lives matter.” The city council voted against extending its curfew until Tuesday. Dallas: Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall announced demonstrators arrested Monday at Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge would not be charged for blocking traffic. The Dallas Police Department also announced a new policy change near midnight requiring department members to stop and intervene if they witness inappropriate use of force.
Protesters gather outside City Hall during a demonstration against police brutality June 4 in Fort Worth. Several protesters spoke to council members during the citizen comments section of the meeting.
Wednesday, June 3
Arlington: A protest of about 20 people began near Arlington City Hall and the Levitt Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon. The crowd then made its way to Center and Abram streets, as protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “Say his name: George Floyd.”
Fort Worth: A protest began outside the Tarrant County courthouse Wednesday afternoon as Mayor Betsy Price showed up to speak to the crowd. Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown and made a loop back to the courthouse. Protesters marched through Seventh Street shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and crossed the West Seventh Street Bridge as organizers held a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. curfew. Protesters formed at the courthouse again after curfew, and the crowd began to disperse as organizers shouted, “Stick with us.” Dallas: Protests began at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday afternoon as speakers, including Dallas City Council member Omar Narvaez, spoke to the crowd. Protesters took a knee before marching to the JFK memorial, chanting “No justice, no peace.” After a prayer, protesters made another march through downtown and took a knee beside Main and Ervay streets. Protesters made their way through Griffin and Elm streets, where several police officers took a knee to cheers from the crowd. Protesters dispersed when arriving at city hall as the 7 p.m. curfew arrived. Tuesday, June 2
Arlington: Protesters began to march to the Arlington Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, chanting “Black Lives Matter.” At the intersection of Division and Cooper streets, a police officer took a knee with protesters after crowd encouragement, resulting in a protester hugging him. Later that evening, protesters marched on Collins Street above Interstate 30, holding up signs to drivers.
Fort Worth: A protest began outside the Tarrant County courthouse Tuesday afternoon. Several protesters needed medical attention due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. A group also marched through the front of Sundance Square and protesters at Fort Worth City Hall took a knee. As the day continued, hundreds of protesters made their way down Main Street, returning to city hall. As the 8 p.m. curfew arrived, protesters remained in front of city hall before beginning to march again. For the second night in a row, Fort Worth police officers took a knee with protesters to show solidarity. Dallas: A protest began outside Dallas City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, where Gov. Greg Abbott spoke during a press conference. Protesters marched through downtown Dallas, chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, they don’t get no peace.” Protesters held a moment of silence at the intersection of Main and Hardwood streets. As the 7 p.m. curfew neared, protesters around city hall began to disperse.
Arlington resident Olivia Smith and Arlington Police officer William Bill hug during a demonstration against police brutality June 2 in Arlington. Smith said she could see in his eyes and emotions that the moment was genuine.
Monday, June 1
Arlington: A protest began in Arlington near Center and Abram streets Monday evening. Protesters walked along Division and Cooper streets, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Later in the evening, looters broke into Walmart near AT&T Stadium, resulting in five arrests by the Arlington Police Department for looting and damaging.
Fort Worth: Mayor Betsy Price enforced a curfew, effective immediately, to remain in effect until 6 a.m. for the next three days. Protests began in front of Fort Worth City Hall on Monday evening and marched through the city. Protesters were seen kneeling in front of the Tarrant County courthouse. Dallas: Protests began at the Frank Crowley Courthouse on Monday evening. The location is not in the jurisdiction affected by Police Chief Reneé Hall’s curfew. Later into the night, hundreds of protesters were arrested on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for blocking traffic. Around midnight, protesters began being released.
A protester throws a rock as Arlington Police back away during a demonstration against police brutality June 1 in Arlington. Arlington Police worked to block traffic as demonstrators marched through the city.