Photojournalist Henry A. Barrios captured the hundreds of people protesting the death of George Floyd Friday, May 29, 2020, in front of the Bakersfield Police Department in downtown Bakersfield.
Floyd died while in-custody of the Minneapolis Minnesota Police Department.
People have protested the death of the African American man throughout the country, including in Bakersfield. Bakersfield protesters chanted phrases like, “I can’t breath,” some of Floyd’s last words before he died. They also chanted, “Black lives matter,” and “No justice, no peace.”
The Bakersfield protest rally started at 5 p.m. Friday at the BPD where protesters filled the walkway in front of the Bakersfield Police Department on Truxtun Avenue, eventually spilling into the street and blocking traffic on Truxtun. The rally went late into the night and protests continued throughout the weekend.