The outrage began with a video showing police arresting the 46-year-old in south Minneapolis Monday night.
"I can't breathe! Please, the knee on my neck," Floyd is heard saying in the video.
The video shows an officer kneeling on Floyd's neck, pinning him to the ground outside Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street for more than seven minutes. Floyd died a short time later at Hennepin Healthcare.Thousands flooded the streets at that same intersection Tuesday afternoon to protest Floyd's death. They packed the area, but were also spread out to try to be socially distant.
Organizers emphasized keeping this protest peaceful. People took turns sharing their frustrations and grief with the crowd. Chants of "I can't breathe," and "It could've been me," filled the air.
"We're here to let them know this can't be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us this will not go on another day," a protester said.