Hundreds of protesters returned to downtown Huntington Wednesday, chanting for racial justice, the fourth such demonstration this week, and the second of the day.
The protesters marched from the Big H center up New York Avenue, then west on Main Street to New Street, where they knelt in a moment of silence. As they had previously, marchers came out to speak up for George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer leaned on his neck for several minutes after he was arrested. The videotape of his death has provoked demonstrations around the country.
Protests in Huntington grew after a restaurant owner taped himself making racist remarks about the demonstrators marched into the downtown area Monday. He apologized Wednesday evening. Another restaurant owner who accompanied him during the videotaping apologized to other demonstrators Wednesday morning.
After returning to the Big H center, the crowd knelt again and then dispersed.