Missoula is joining a growing list of communities across the US in holding events following the death of a Minnesota man during an encounter with law enforcement.
Demonstrations have been playing out across the country, often echoing the same themes of “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” following Monday’s death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died in police custody.
A rally is taking place in downtown Missoula in response to Floyd’s death. The local event is being organized by the University of Montana Black Student Union and is being supported by the UM Pacific Islanders Club.
The rally is being held until 12 p.m. in front of the Missoula County Courthouse and three people are scheduled to speak.
UM Pacific Islanders Club President Mahalo Ka’au Ahina told MTN News that “our intentions are to be supportive and peaceful and hope for no other parties to interrogate. We want our community safe.”