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CARSON CITY – For more than eight minutes, protesters lay on a closed-down Carson Street and chanted, “I can’t breathe!”

About 150 protesters gathered outside the Assembly Building on Saturday amid nationwide protests against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Some drivers honked their car horns in solidarity with the protesters. Others antagonized.

Police eventually shut down Carson Street, where protesters spilled into the closed roadway.

After chanting “I can’t breathe” on their bellies from more than eight minutes, a small group of protesters marched down Carson Street, confronting police and encouraging officers to say “Black Lives Matter.”

There were intense face-to-face interactions, but there were no arrests.

By 1 p.m., the protest had started to break apart.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here

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