Shortly after 46-year-old George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer over Memorial Day weekend, crowds of Black Lives Matter protestors took to the streets. What began in Minneapolis spread to cities around the nation, including Colorado Springs. The brutality of Floyd’s death — the officer held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nine minutes despite Floyd’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe — was sadly one of many in a long list of black deaths at the hands of police nationwide. But Floyd’s death has rallied demonstrators of all races, who continue to gather and call for change, justice and the value of the lives of black citizens.
While protests have turned violent at times, even in Colorado Springs, most have been peaceful. They have also been emotionally charged as demonstrators and police have both clashed and communicated.
Some of our contributing photographers, Allison Daniell Moix and Jason Fleming, have been on scene in downtown Colorado Springs, capturing powerful images of the people and protests as they have unfolded. Here are some of the sights from the previous week. You can see more of their photos at the following links: