Peaceful demonstrators take to streets of downtown Lake Elsinore to protest death of George Floyd

Protesters march down Main Street in Lake Elsinore to call attention to the death of George Floyd and other instances of police brutality against black Americans, June 3. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
Lake Elsinore on Wednesday became the latest city in southwest Riverside County to host protesters decrying the death of George Floyd, the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes last month. And despite concerns about rioting expressed by a number of downtown Lake Elsinore business owners — some of whom went so far as to board up their windows ahead of the afternoon rally — the protesters showed themselves to be entirely peaceful. Prior to the demonstration, Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale said the city would not allow anyone to “hijack us, to hold us hostage, because they want to do bad things,” and that while he acknowledged there had not been any rioting in the Temecula Valley region,
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