Forest Grove, Police, protest

Hundreds gather in Forest Grove to protest police brutality against black Americans

Protesters line 19th Way in Forest Grove on Tuesday, June 2. Photo: Chas Hundley

FOREST GROVE - Around three hundred people gathered at the base of Forest Grove’s famed large flag just east of Safeway between Maple and Laurel Streets to protest police brutality against black Americans Tuesday afternoon. 

The protest — and hundreds of others across the nation and now world —was spawned by widely shared videos of a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pinning George Floyd, a black man, to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd repeatedly gasped “I can’t breathe” before falling unconscious. Officers had been responding to a report that Floyd had allegedly attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. 

Floyd died shortly after falling unconscious, and Chauvin is now facing third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter . . .

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