Protest against police brutality shuts down Union Avenue

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Police in riot gear confront protesters in midtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A large demonstration in midtown Memphis that began as a show of solidarity for victims of police brutality blocked part of Union Avenue near McLean Boulevard Wednesday night.

Protest against police brutality shuts down Union Avenue

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Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hours after the protest began, Memphis police donned riot gear and worked to disperse the crowd.

The situation began around 7:30 p.m. with protesters gathering on the sidewalk before moving into the street near the MPD Traffic Unit, blocking all lanes in the 1900 block of Union.

Dozens of police cruisers arrived for crowd control.

At least three people were taken into custody.

Wednesday night’s protest was sparked by recent events, including the death of George Floyd who died after an encounter with a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This is a developing story.

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