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.