UPDATE: Participants in a small demonstration, of mostly young people, say that the protest happened and concluded peacefully- as they had wanted.
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CASPER, Wyo. — A group of a couple dozen protesters marched around downtown Casper on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2.
Natrona County High School student Erika Martinez, 17, told reporters on scene that the march included students from NC, Kelly Walsh and Roosevelt High School.
The group chanted “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace” as they marched.
Martinez said that the group received support from vehicles passing by and from business owners in the area, though some in vehicles appeared to oppose the march.
“There are some people in trucks that have tried to get their exhaust to go on us,” she said. “There are some people that have been holding their fist out their window and honking at us to show support.”
“Most businesses come out and tell us we are doing something great for our generation.”
Reporters observed a number of vehicles honking in support of the march and also observed some driving aggressively in opposition. One such vehicle which appeared to drive aggressively was pulled over by an unmarked law enforcement vehicle near Racca’s Pizzeria.
As Martinez concluded, another protester called out that the march was organized locally and that rumors that people were coming from out of state were false.
“This was organized by the community,” he said. “We’re here to support the community and make it better.”
The march comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Protests have occurred across the country.
An autopsy conducted on behalf of Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck and back for several minutes, according to the Associated Press.
A march is planned for Wednesday in Casper and a Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized march and vigil which is expected to include about 50 Casper police officers participating is scheduled for Friday.