Thousands peacefully protest the death of George Floyd in downtown Orlando

Orlando, Fla. — Thousands of people gathered in the streets near Orlando City Hall Tuesday afternoon to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality.

South Street and Orange Avenue were closed as more than 2,000 people marched from the front of City Hall past Exploria Stadium towards the Orlando Police department.

At 4:30 p.m. OPD said the crowd of protesters had grown to more than 2,000 people. By 5 p.m. the the demonstration impacted travel along State Road 408 causing major traffic tie ups for the afternoon rush hour.

Despite a 10 p.m. curfew, a group of protesters remained downtown.  Police then deployed smoke canisters and or tear gas on the protesters around 10: 15 p.m.

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