LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Friday, members of the Valley community joined the rest of the country in a call for change. The death of George Floyd has sparked outrage all across the country after video surfaced of his death while in police custody.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, was taken into custody Friday. He faces charges of 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.
The incident set off a series of fires and looting on the streets of Minneapolis, as well as protests all across the county.
Culinary Union Local 226 also protested on the Strip calling for casinos to share their reopening plans in their entirety, as well as stronger protections for their employees and guests.
The union told 8 News Now it supports Black Lives Matter as it brings awareness to its own cause during a caravan.
Metro police provided a few updates throughout Friday evening. According to Metro Captain Dori Koren, at least 30-40 arrests were made as of 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Koren noted several others were detained, cited and later released.
At least two Metro officers have been injured in the protests. One received injuries to the hand, and the other sustained minor injuries.
Koren said Metro fully supports the community and protesters’ right first amendment right but that they must also keep the safety of their officers and the community in mind.