Protesters Step Off From Bloomfield’s Friendship Park As Some West Penn Hospital Workers Show Support

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Protesters began gathering in Friendship Park in Bloomfield Friday for a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The crowd began gathering around noon, with the march kicking off at 12:30 p.m.

“We will not be doing anything to put our families at risk. Our message is to have a non-violent rebellion,” said one of the protest organizers.

As the protesters gathered, some doctors, staff and other health care workers came out of nearby West Penn Hospital in a show of support. They had signs and joined the national movement to kneel for eight minutes and 46 seconds in solidarity.

On the move, the protesters began heading toward Lawrenceville first.

Protests have been happening all week across the city and Southwestern Pennsylvania in support of George Floyd and his family, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

One of three memorial services was held for Floyd on Thursday in Minneapolis. The officers involved in his death have all been charged.

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