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Police brutality in Texas

Protests against police brutality and racism: scenes from small Texas towns and cities

The demonstrations against police brutality that have swept through Texas haven't been confined to its largest cities. Texas Tribune photographers documented marches in smaller cities and towns across the state. Here are some of their images.

Demonstrators march in Tyler to protest the death of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.

George Floyd, a black man raised in Houston, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Video of Floyd's death ignited protests in major American cities and all around the world, with the footage captured of his final moments serving as yet another example of police brutality against black people.

The deaths of other black men and women, like Mike Ramos, shot by police in Austin, or Breonna Taylor, killed by officers in Louisville, Kentucky, also fueled protesters' rage and sorrow as they took to the streets night after night, where they were sometimes met with force. Texas' largest cities — Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austinwere no exception, but the protests were not confined there.

From the far West Texas town of Alpine to Tyler in the northeast part of the state, from Midland in the Permian Basin to Edinburg near the Texas border with Mexico, from San Marcos to the deep southeast town of Vidor, Texans turned out to express their rage and their sorrow. Texas Tribune photographers across the state documented some of those protests.

Protesters stand in traffic as they demonstrate outside of the Odessa Police Department during a Black Lives Matter Protest …
A protester walks down the middle of 8th Street in Odessa during a protest against the death of George Floyd on May 31st, 20…
Protesters raise their hands at the intersection of Midkiff Road and Highway Loop 250 during a Black Lives Matter protest in…
Protesters carry signs against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter as they march down Broadway Ave. in dow…
Demonstrators march in Tyler to protest the death of George Floyd. June 1, 2020.
Protesters gathered at the Hay County Courthouse in San Marcos to denounce police brutality and the death of George Floyd. J…
Hundreds of residents from Alpine and the surrounding towns marched against the death of George Floyd on in Alpine on June 6…
Protesters march in memory of George Floyd in Vidor on June 06, 2020. Organizers of the rally in Vidor, historically known a…
A demonstrator holds his sign at a rally for George Floyd in Vidor on June 06, 2020. Organizers of the rally in Vidor, histo…
Protesters gathered in Edinburg to denounce the death of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Floyd…
Signs with names of black people who were killed due to police brutality are passed around for protesters to read during a B…

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