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Floyd vigil draws people to Riverside Park

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - As in other communities around the country, people from the La Crosse area came together to protest racial injustice and pay tribute to George Floyd.

A couple of hundred people gathered at Riverside Park for a peaceful vigil Friday evening.

They displayed signs and chanted slogans during the event. They did block traffic on the street in the park for eight minutes-the same amount of time former police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on the neck of Floyd.

Organizers called it a peaceful statement in support of humanity.

"We felt the conversation needed to be started in the La Crosse area. We wanted to be in solidarity with our sisters in the Minneapolis area, too. We felt that it was important to keep the momentum going and keep the conversation going," said Macy Hembd, one of the people who attended the vigil.

From there, the group marched through the downtown area to city hall.

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