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Black Lives Matter protest draws hundreds in Banks

Protesters on June 12, 2020 in Banks. Photo: Chas Hundley

BANKS - As the rain fell on Greenville Park on the late afternoon of Friday, June 12, close to 300 people gathered to hear a handful of speakers, remember the life of a Black man killed by police, and to protest the culture and policies that led to his death, and others, in police forces across the nation. 

It was one of more than two dozen protests held in cities and communities across Washington County, and followed thousands of protests across the country and world decrying police violence and racial inequity in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by police.

In a widely-shared video, police officer Derek Chauvin is shown pinning George Floyd, a black 46-year-old Minneapolis man to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s . . .

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