Governor Joins Protesters; Philadelphia Under Curfew Again
Philadelphia will be under curfew again for a fifth straight night Wednesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf marched in Harrisburg with demonstrators protesting police violence against black people and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd.
Wolf, with officials from Harrisburg, marched from the Capitol steps to a community center and museum parking lot about a mile away as demonstrators chanted “black lives matter,” “hands up don't shoot” and “say his name George Floyd.”
People protesting in the wake of Floyd's death have demonstrated in cities across the United States and Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Demonstrations on Tuesday night and elsewhere around Pennsylvania were largely peaceful, unlike the previous few nights.
In Philadelphia, where Wolf dispatched the National Guard and Pennsylvania State Police to support police officers, city officials ordered a curfew for a fifth straight night, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday.
During that time, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention or help from police.
Much of the center of the city remains closed off except to residents and business owners, as well as those providing or receiving essential services.
Floyd died on May 25 when a white Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on the handcuffed Floyd's neck for several minutes.