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‘Pain for decades’; Black leaders on Portland’s riots, rallies and vigils

KGW News spoke with several leaders from Portland's black community on what the George Floyd demonstrations mean to them.

Maggie Vespa

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Published: 7:02 PM PDT May 30, 2020
Updated: 8:41 PM PDT May 30, 2020

Saturday morning, as business owners boarded up broken windows and fire crews cleaned up burned rubble, leaders in Portland’s black community spoke out about the riot that ravaged their city overnight and the multiple peaceful protests that preceded them.

Friday’s events came less than a week after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the neck of a black man for nearly nine minutes. 

That man’s name was George Floyd, and EMTs said he was unresponsive by the time they arrived. Floyd died at the hospital. The officer, one of four on the scene that day, is now charged with third degree murder.

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