On May 30, 2020 the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan joined countless cities around the United States and erupted in protest in response to the death of George Floyd. 

Protesters take to the streets of Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | MLive.com) 

Although protests were peaceful, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety descended into downtown in riot gear to assist in "crowd control". After about 30 minutes of their presence, they retreated. 

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers attempt to diffuse the protests in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | MLive.com) 

Demonstrations continued into the evening of Saturday, May 30, 2020. Demonstrations can still be seen almost daily in and around Kalamazoo. 

A protester lays on the ground with his hands behind his back while yelling "I can't breathe" in front of a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer during a demonstration in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People took to the streets of downtown Kalamazoo to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
A protester confronts a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer during a demonstration in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People took to the streets of downtown Kalamazoo to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
Organizer Monique Crowley leads protesters in Kalamazoo, Michigan during a demonstration on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
Protesters take to the streets of Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
Protesters stand at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue and South Rose Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.

A protester lays on the ground with his hands behind his back while yelling "I can't breathe" in front of a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer during a demonstration in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People took to the streets of downtown Kalamazoo to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. A protester confronts a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer during a demonstration in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People took to the streets of downtown Kalamazoo to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Organizer Monique Crowley leads protesters in Kalamazoo, Michigan during a demonstration on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Protesters take to the streets of Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Protesters stand at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue and South Rose Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday, May 30, 2020. People gathered to speak out about police brutality and demand justice in the recent death of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.

Protests continue on June 20.

Local artists and community activists came together to paint a Black Lives Matter on Rose Street in downtown Kalamazoo on June 19. The first letter of each word holds a portrait of a Black historical figure painted by artist Gerald King. The "B" is Angela Davis, the "L" is Jean Baptiste Point du Sable and the "M" is Bob Marley. The second letter of each word contains the names of those who have died as a result of police violence, and the rest of the letters were completed by local artists with their variations of the black power fist. 

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