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With George Floyd’s funeral set for Tuesday, days of protest across Anne Arundel continue. Here’s what we know.

Earlier this week a group of protesters closed down Forest Drive in Annapolis. Protesters show no signs of slowing down in Anne Arundel County as they spread a message denouncing police brutality against blacks and stamping out systemic racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Earlier this week a group of protesters closed down Forest Drive in Annapolis. Protesters show no signs of slowing down in Anne Arundel County as they spread a message denouncing police brutality against blacks and stamping out systemic racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)

The first planned rally came in Annapolis six days after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police. A week later, protesters show no signs of slowing in Anne Arundel County.

Protests walks and vigils are slated to continue today through the week — from Annapolis to Severn — as residents continue to spread a message denouncing police violence against black people and stamping out systemic racism. Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee pinned on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

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Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Three of his colleagues on the police force were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

Today, demonstrators plan to walk for “peace, justice, and equality” in Annapolis. Participants are to gather by the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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That will be followed by a City Dock vigil at 8 p.m.

A third rally will be held at 2 p.m. today in Edgewater. The protest march begins at Lontontowne Community hall and will follow a path to the Southern District Police station on Route 2..

Floyd’s funeral will be held Tuesday, and a solidarity walk is planned in Annapolis. Walkers will meet at the Alex Haley Kunte Kinte memorial at City dock starting at 5 p.m.

Residents of Crofton have organized a rally Wednesday afternoon, the second for the community. Protesters are expected to meet by the Wegman’s parking lot and intend to march two miles through Crofton.

The United Black Clergy, Kingdom Celebration Center and the county police Western District Station are partnering on a peace walk starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The protests have drawn participants of all creeds. In fact, on Wednesday evening a group of about 70 mostly white people crowded around county police headquarters in Millersville. The group set out to denounce racism and implore Caucasian people to no longer shy away from the topic.

After denouncing himself on multiple occasions the actions of the Minneapolis officers involved in Floyd’s death, Altomare has applauded protesters in the county. He says they have been proceeding peacefully.

“So far the folks in this county have set a standard that the world can follow for standing up against injustice,” he said.

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