Thousands in Fort Collins Protest the Death of George Floyd

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON. Around 300 people took a knee at the CSU Administration Building to remember the killing of George Floyd.

Protests are happening all over the country in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Fort Collins is no exception. Lately, there have been protests (small and large) in Fort Collins every day.

A group with around a thousand people gathered at CSU’s Administration Building in the Oval at 11 am on Tuesday. They walked chanting things like “Say HIs Name – George Floyd,” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” The crowd walked along Howes street to Fort Collins’ City Hall — later doubling in size.

PHOTO BY DEWEY CHAPMAN PHOTOGRAPHY; Thousands protested the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, walking through Fort Collins Old Town

The group took a knee at City Hall. They raised their fists toward the building. The organizers told the crowd they were there in peace but wanted to demonstrate how our community needs to stand together to make positive change and progress against racism. The demonstration was just that — peaceful.

No incidents were reported.

It was a sizable demonstration where the crowd was instructed by organizers to practice social distancing and wear masks.

PHOTO BY DEWEY CHAPMAN PHOTOGRAPHY; Thousands bowed their heads and raised their fists – remembering George Floyd

After a few speeches and some more chanting, the group walked peacefully to Old Town Square.

PHOTO BY DEWEY CHAPMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Fort Collins police were present, but they kept their distance out of a sign of respect. They were found along the edges of the crowd — maintaining control of traffic.

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON

The demonstration ended at the performance stage in Old Town Square. A number of people were invited to express their thoughts. Some reminded the crowd about how George Floyd died in 9 minutes. They encouraged people to vote in the next election and to take matters into their own hands by making others accountable for racial injustice.

In a harrowing demonstration of silence and peace, the entire crowd laid down with their faces to the ground, with their hands behind their backs. They called for 9 minutes of silence in honor of George Floyd.

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON

“This is what it felt like,” one person said to the crowd on a speaker. “Imagine lying here and never getting up again,” she said.

The demonstration was organized by a CSU student two days ago.

North Forty News will have an interview with the organizer, along with further in-depth community resources at a later date.