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A group demonstrated in the town Common on June 3rd protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in a St. Paul suburb on May 25th. Floyd had reportedly purchased cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. The cashier called police who forced Floyd to lie on the ground. One of the four officers, Derek Chauvin, allegedly pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, allegedly suffocating the man.
The incident sparked a Westford rally for “Black Lives Matter,” and spurred riots and looting in cities around the country. Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder and the other three officers are also being charged.