On Wednesday, June 3, thousands gathered in Vlasis Park in Ballwin with one goal: Join in the national efforts to bring awareness to the death of George Floyd.
On May 25, Floyd, 46, died while police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. Chauvin held that position for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Minneapolis Police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were arrested on June 3 and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Lane and Kueng helped restrain Floyd, while Thao stood nearby.
The walk through Ballwin was peaceful. It began near the city’s new Government Center in Vlasis Park and continued along Manchester Road. Ballwin police officers kept a lane of westbound Manchester Road clear to ensure the safety of those participating but did not participate themselves.
West Newsmagazine photographer Ryan Moore attended the walk and recorded the images in the slideshow below.