HAWTHORNE, NJ - Demonstrations on behalf of George Floyd and black victims of violence and discrimination continued in Hawthorne for a second day.  Holding signs and waving to passing cars by the Municipal Building, the demonstrators gradually grew in number as the day went on.

"As cars and trucks went by, the majority rolled down their windows and clapped or blew their horns in support," said TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar.

The early afternoon brought rain, which dampened the signs and clothes of the demonstrators, but not their spirits as they continued just the same.  The demonstrations also coincided with the announcement that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison had upgraded the charges against Derek Chauvin to include second-degree murder.  According to reports, the other officers involved in the arrest which led to the death of Floyd, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, were also charged for their involvement.  Their charges include aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

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