On May 25, 2020, 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. 
Protests continued for both unarmed people killed by police nationally, including Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and for local issues, including the arrest of police officer Joshua Smith and the renegotiation between city officials and St. Louis Police Officers Association. 
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.

Protester Mike Avery carries an assault rifle while he walks in front of a line of police officers outside the Florissant Police Department In Florissant, Mo., on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protesters continued 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. Avery was later injured when he shot himself in the foot.

Hundreds of protesters march down Forest Park Ave. in Clayton during a demonstration for police reform on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

A man sits with his hands raised in the middle of the street in the Central West End on July 3, 2020. 

Marlene Kanmogne chants into a megaphone during an protest held by the Washington University Undergraduate and Graduate Workers Union and ExpectUs in St. Louis on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Protesters marched to demand accountability and transparency as city officials negotiate a contract with the St. Louis Police Officers Association. The protest gathered outside the Washington University School of Medicine building before marching through St Louis University and Harris-Stowe State University's campuses.

Protesters held a moment of silence at the spot Michael Brown was killed in 2014 during an ExpectUs protest in Ferguson on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The group then drove to the Ferguson Police Department, where they occupied the street and the parking lot. 

An ExpectUs protester confronts police supporter Scott Richard in St. Charles on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The ExpectUs event titled, “We see you St. Charles,” started at the AMC Theatre, 311 Lombard Street, before traveling to St. Charles mayor Dan Borgmeyer’s house and finally to the Ameristar Casino. Members of the community came out to show support for local police.

Protesters chant outside the Florissant Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Protesters 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.

Alonzo Townsend, left, 33, marches with his son A.J., 2, next to former state representative Bruce Franks Jr., right, during an Expect Us rally in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The rally started on the steps of the Old Courthouse before protesters marched to the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse and St. Louis City Hall.

Ferguson Police Chief Jason Armstrong speaks with protesters during an ExpectUs protest in Ferguson on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Protesters held a moment of silence at the spot Michael Brown was killed in 2014. The group then drove to the Ferguson Police Department, where they occupied the street and the parking lot.

An activist speaks into a megaphone in Florissant, Mo., during a protest on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Protesters 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 police officer stand in between an officer and protester Mike Avery during an ExpectUs protest in St. Charles on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The ExpectUs event titled, “We see you St. Charles,” started at the AMC Theatre, 311 Lombard Street, before traveling to St. Charles mayor Dan Borgmeyer’s house and finally to the Ameristar Casino. 

A woman is arrested at an ExpectUs protest outside the St. Charles Police Department, 1781 Zumbehl Road, in St. Charles on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Several people were arrested after they were given warnings from police that they were unlawfully assembling. 

Protesters hold up phone lights on Interstate 64 during a protest in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The protest started at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters before marching onto Interstate 64. Protesters marched in opposition of the decision by a grand jury to not convict the officers that killed Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock warrant in Louisville, Ky. One officer was indicted for shooting through the wall of Taylor’s apartment to her neighbors’ apartments.

A fire burns outside the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters during a protest in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The protest started at the Old Courthouse before marching around the city to the police headquarters. Protestors marched in opposition of the decision by a grand jury to not convict the officers that killed Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock warrant in Louisville, Ky. One officer was indicted for shooting through the wall of Taylor's apartment to her neighbors' apartments. 

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.

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