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Protest Planned To Denounce Death Of George Floyd In Hamptons

Patch logo Patch 6/2/2020 Lisa Finn
Trayvon Martin et al. holding a sign: Protestors also gathered in Riverhead Sunday to stand in solidarity against the killing of George Floyd. © Lisa Finn / Patch Protestors also gathered in Riverhead Sunday to stand in solidarity against the killing of George Floyd.

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — In a dramatic show of solidarity, protestors in Bridgehampton are planning to lie in the road, hands behind their backs, repeating "I can't breathe" for eight minutes and 46 seconds Tuesday — denouncing the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis last week.

The event is planned for Tuesday at 5 p.m.; participants are asked to meet at the Bridgehampton Community House, located at 2368 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Those planning to attend should wear masks, social distance as much as possible, and bring signs.

"We are moved to action after the vicious and callous murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police," event organizers said. "We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters all over the country who demand an end to racist policing. We call on all appropriate agencies to arrest the other three officers who watched former officer Derek Chauvin kneel on Mr. Floyd's neck and ignored his cries for help."

Organizer Lisa Votino said the group also remembers two other recent victims of "deadly racism, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the sadly, all too long, list of other victims."

At the protest Tuesday, the group will march from the Community House to the monument in Bridgehampton.

"During the final part of the march, for those who are able, we will lie in the road on our stomachs with our hands behind our backs and repeat 'I can't breathe' for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time George Floyd had a knee crushing his neck," Votino said.

Those who would still like to participate, but are at a higher risk for coronavirus can park their cars on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton between the Community House and the monument in either direction and put a sign outside the car facing the road; marchers are asked to do the same.

"Black lives matter," she said.

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