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Protesters against police brutality show up at busy Twin-Cities intersection

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Protests about the way George Floyd died while in Minneapolis Police custody extend across country, including in Central Illinois.

In Bloomington, a group of about 10-15 people occupied the median Friday evening at the busy intersection of Veterans Parkway and Clearwater Avenue.

Protesters said they want police brutality to end, and people of all races to stand up and be heard.

"I feel like when it's just black people protesting, then it's us being crazy, but when it's black people and people of other races, you kind of start to understand how serious the matter is. A simple honk might not mean anything to other people, but to us it's like you're standing with us, you're trying to make that change," said one protester.

"From my understanding there's only race. At the end of the day, there's only one race and that's the human race," another protester said.

Demonstrators said Friday evening's event started small, then others saw what was happening, and started participating themselves.

"No matter what skin color you are, no matter what's your background, I don't care what language you speak, if you want to be out here and bring awareness to the injustice of my people, then come out," he said.

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