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Black Lives Matter protest held in Wausau

“I can’t breathe,” were the words George Floyd spoke in his final moments, pinned to the ground, an officer’s knee on his neck while in police custody in Minneapolis. “I can’t breathe” was painted on Chris Norfleet’s sign that he held during Friday’s Black Lives Matter silent protest that took place along Grand Avenue in downtown Wausau.

Sunshine will be more common for the upcoming weekend, although temperatures will be running about 5 to 10 degrees below average.

The police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in a case that sparked protests across the United States and violence in Minneapolis.

Police actions in a video viewed by millions showing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as now-former MPD officer Derek Chauvin pinned his neck down with his knee for nearly nine minutes have been widely condemned by Wisconsin law enforcement on Friday.

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