Hundreds Hold Sit-In At Allegheny County Jail To Protest Death Of George Floyd


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - People continue to express their feelings over the death of George Floyd.

A crowd has gathered in Market Square downtown, the starting point of Tuesday’s protest that made it's way to the Allegheny County where a sit-in took place.

No change from last update: Second Ave closed to traffic. Protesters seated in front of ACJ and in roadway. Police will ensure roads remain closed for protesters’ safety. All is peaceful.

— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) June 2, 2020

Several protesters were holding signs saying Black Lives Matter or reference George Floyd.

One woman grabbed a microphone and reminded people to remain peaceful before the march began.

“I’m not taking over, I’m just trying to be a responsible person and make sure that nobody gets hurt because nobody else is doing it,” the woman said.

An escalated police presence is also on the scene.

Marchers, mostly wearing masks, then went up Forbes Avenue shouting phrases like “No justice, no peace” and “Stand up, don’t shoot”.

The crowd then arrived at the Allegheny County Jail.

A large police presence is outside of the jail.

The protesters then held a “sit-in” in front of the jail clapping and singing “What side are you on people, what side are you on?”

A couple hundred protesters now gathered here outside the jail, where they have stopped marching. Heavy police presence to. @KDKARadio

— Melinda Roeder (@MelindaKDKAam) June 2, 2020

Melinda Roeder contribued to this report.

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