On May 25, unarmed Black man George Floyd was killed after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. A video of the incident went viral, sparking protests around the nation. The unrest reached the St. Louis area, where previous Black Lives Matter protests occurred on two separate occasions -- once for Micheal Brown in 2014 and another for Anthony Lamar Smith in 2017.  
This photo series documents the third time protests in St. Louis were sparked by the killing of an unarmed Black man. This is an ongoing project.
Protestors block the intersection of Big Bend Blvd. and Forest Park Pky. on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Protestors block the intersection of Big Bend Blvd. and Forest Park Pky. on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
An activist speaks into a megaphone in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
An activist speaks into a megaphone in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
An activist holds up his fist in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
An activist holds up his fist in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Hundreds of protesters march down Forest Park Ave. in Clayton during a demonstration for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Hundreds of protesters march down Forest Park Ave. in Clayton during a demonstration for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
A protestor holds up a sign outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
A protestor holds up a sign outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
Protestors bump fists in an intersection in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Activists gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Protestors bump fists in an intersection in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Activists gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Demonstrators march down Forest Park Ave. in solidarity with Minneapolis protestors for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Demonstrators march down Forest Park Ave. in solidarity with Minneapolis protestors for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Protestors block a car in the Delmar Loop by closing down the intersection of Delmar Blvd. and N. Skinker Blvd. on Saturday, March 30, 2020, during a protest for police reform.
Protestors block a car in the Delmar Loop by closing down the intersection of Delmar Blvd. and N. Skinker Blvd. on Saturday, March 30, 2020, during a protest for police reform.
An activist with a gun looks on as police guard Mayor Tim Lowery's house in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
An activist with a gun looks on as police guard Mayor Tim Lowery's house in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Protestors block an intersection before marching down N. Hanley Road in Clayton in solidarity with Minneapolis protestors for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Protestors block an intersection before marching down N. Hanley Road in Clayton in solidarity with Minneapolis protestors for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
An activist holds up his fist in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
An activist holds up his fist in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Protestors stand outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
Protestors stand outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
A protestor lays in the road at an intersection in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Activists gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
A protestor lays in the road at an intersection in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Activists gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
A protestor holds up his fist outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
A protestor holds up his fist outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Protestors paint the words "Black lives matter" outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Protestors paint the words "Black lives matter" outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Black Lives Matter protestors embrace at an intersection next to the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Black Lives Matter protestors embrace at an intersection next to the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Protestors carry road blocks through the streets of Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Protestors carry road blocks through the streets of Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protestors gathered to call for the removal of Florissant detective Joshua Smith after a video was captured of him striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting the man.
Protestors chant outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Protestors chant outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
A protestor carrying an assault rifle walks in front of a line of police officers outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
A protestor carrying an assault rifle walks in front of a line of police officers outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protestors continue to call for the conviction of Florissant police officer Joshua Smith after a video was captured showing the officer striking an unarmed man with his car and arresting him.
Protestors stand outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
Protestors stand outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
Fireworks were shot off outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
Fireworks were shot off outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house during a protest in the Central West End on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Protestors called for the mayor to resign after she read the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police in St. Louis out loud during a Facebook livestream.
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