It was a weekend of demonstrations throughout the nation, with people gathering to protest the alleged killing of a black man in Minneapolis by a white police officer.
The event in that state was caught on camera and broadcast nationwide on television and social media.
Protesters gathered in cities of all sizes. In Joplin, a crowd gathered in Joplin Saturday afternoon near 7th and Range Line. Signs held by those in attendance read “Black Lives Matter” and “White Silence = Violence” and “I Can’t Breathe.”
The Joplin protest was peaceful. In other locations, they became confrontational.
Gov. Mike Parson signed an Executive Order Saturday declaring a State of Emergency due to civil unrest and calling out the National Guard and the Missouri Highway Patrol to support local authorities if needed.
Gov. Parson said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd.”
But, he added. “violence and destruction are not the answers.”
To read Gov. Parson’s Executive Order, visit: Order