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Protesters gathered in Santa Rosa over the weekend after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on Memorial Day by a White police officer. The officer held his knee to Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for air and has since been charged with murder. 
The City of Santa Rosa estimates that between 300-400 people demonstrated on Saturday and on Sunday and has since implemented a curfew that went into effect at 8 p.m. Monday night and will remain in place until 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
Photojournalist Erik Castro covered the protests in Santa Rosa over the weekend and shared the following photo essay:
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Image: Black Lives Matter protests block traffic while a driver records the moment on his smartphone at Fourth and Mendocino in downtown Santa Rosa, CA. May 30, 2020. Erik Castro.
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Image: Tear gas fills the corner of Seventh and Mendocino during a police standoff with protests around midnight in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. May 31, 2020. Erik Castro.
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Image: Police in riot gear clear the street of protests after igniting a tear gas canister at the corner of Mendocino and Ross St. a few minutes after midnight in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. on May 31, 2020. Erik Castro.
Image: Michaela Staggs, 20, of Santa Rosa, Calif. bleeding from her head after getting hit with a chalk round (I initially reported tear gas canister) a little after midnight while she stood with group of protesters near a line of police in riot gear on Mendocino Ave. & 7th Street in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. May 31, 2020. I was able to contact Staggs and she ended up at the hospital and received 10 stitches. "They ended up pulling a pretty big chunk of chalk buried in my forehead," wrote Staggs. Erik Castro.
Image: A Black Lives Matter protester in front of the Santa Rosa police station moments after someone spray-painted Andy Lopez, the name of the 13-year-old boy fatally shot in Santa Rosa in 2013 by Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus. Santa Rosa, CA. May 30, 2020. Erik Castro.

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