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"I Can't Breathe" protestors march to Statehouse, Columbia Police Department from City Hall

Hundreds of protesters peacefully protested at the Statehouse on May 30. The protestors held a rally on the steps for almost three hours.

Hundreds of protesters peacefully protested at the Statehouse on May 30. The protestors held a rally on the steps for almost three hours.

Protestors moved to the steps of the Statehouse to rally behind the guest speakers at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on Saturday. Speakers shared their personal experiences with racism.

Protestors moved to the steps of the Statehouse to rally behind the guest speakers at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on Saturday. Speakers shared their personal experiences with racism.

Before the march began, some protestors were given masks to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Many protestors wrote the words on their mask “I can’t breathe” in honor of George Floyd.

Before the march began, some protestors were given masks to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Many protestors wrote the words on their mask “I can’t breathe” in honor of George Floyd.

Lawrence Dishawn Nathaniel speaking at the Statehouse in Columbia on May 30. Nathaniel organized the “I Can’t Breathe” march and protest.

Lawrence Dishawn Nathaniel speaking at the Statehouse in Columbia on May 30. Nathaniel organized the “I Can’t Breathe” march and protest.

A protestor holds a handmade Perler bead design that reads ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER.’ Protestors filled the steps of the capital and the grounds below chanting “No justice, no peace.”

A protestor holds a handmade Perler bead design that reads ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER.’ Protestors filled the steps of the capital and the grounds below chanting “No justice, no peace.”

Protesters kneel across from a line of armed police officers in front of the Columbia Municipal Court at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on May 30.

Protesters kneel across from a line of armed police officers in front of the Columbia Municipal Court at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on May 30.

A young boy holds a sign at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on Saturday. He was at the front of the march down Main Street.

A young boy holds a sign at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on Saturday. He was at the front of the march down Main Street.

Protesters kneel across from a line of armed police officers in front of the Columbia Municipal Court at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on May 30.

Protesters kneel across from a line of armed police officers in front of the Columbia Municipal Court at the “I Can’t Breathe” protest on May 30.