SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street will be the setting for another demonstration and protest on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 3 p.m.
There will be speakers, music and a protest march down Main Street and back to the courthouse where the demonstration will continue with more speakers.
Organizers Ashley Figueroa and Erica Schmidt said the event will focus on Black Lives Matter and Pride
This will be the ninth demonstration at the courthouse since June 5 all stemming from the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who was taken into police custody May 25 on suspicion of passing counterfeit money. He was handcuffed and detained by police on the ground beside a police vehicle while a white police officer kneeled on his neck. A bystander recorded the incident on an IPhone.
Floyd begged "I Can't Breathe" through the ordeal and eventually fell silent. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two autopsies determined he had suffocated. Four police officers were fired the next day. One faces Second degree murder charges, the other three face aiding and abetting charges.
The incident is what led to the demonstrations in Somerville and nationwide, where millions of protestors have demanded social justice and police oversight and legislation to address other grievances.