‘Please be safe and peaceful’: Gov. Inslee pleads with those protesting George Floyd’s death

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Activists filled Seattle streets on Saturday, calling for accountability in the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died while in Minneapolis police custody. 

In response to those protesters, Governor Jay Inslee said he fully supports the right to free speech, but pleaded with people to assemble “peacefully and safely.” 

“I applaud every Washingtonian standing for what they believe in, but we must do so in a way that allows space for these important and necessary discussions, not in a way that inspires fear,” said Inslee. 

Floyd’s death has sparked outrage, sending people nationwide into the streets in protest. 

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“If you choose to protest today, please be safe and peaceful. These are important issues that deserve our full attention, without distraction from violence and destruction,” said Inslee.  

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