Thousands marched across Portland and gathered at the fenced off Justice Center for a sixth night of protests over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis who was killed after an officer pushed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes on June 3, 2020. The night came to an undramatic end with a much smaller group of protesters staying past midnight chanting outside the Justice Center.

Thousands marched across Portland and gathered at the fenced off Justice Center for a sixth night of protests over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis who was killed after an officer pushed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes on June 3, 2020. The night came to an undramatic end with a much smaller group of protesters staying past midnight chanting outside the Justice Center.

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