With a nationwide outcry against systemic racial injustice in the USA, police brutality and the death of George Floyd, NBA players across the nation have taken action on social media and been seen demonstrating in protests around the country.
Trail Blazers All-Star point guard was among the thousands of people in Portland on Thursday night participating in a peaceful protest throughout the city.
Lillard was first seen in a Twitter video from KOIN 6 photographer Richard Roberson protesting outside of Revolution Hall in SE Portland.
Our point guard 🖤 pic.twitter.com/6r0yxojcoc— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 5, 2020
Floyd, a black man, was killed on May 25th after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, planted his knee on Floyd's neck against the ground for more than eight minutes. Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third degree murder, which were later upgraded to second degree murder.
Three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Three memorial services over six days are planned in cities where Floyd was born, grew up and died.
Lillard marched through SE Portland and into downtown to South Waterfront Park. Lillard also took to Instagram as he walked through Portland on his Instagram live video.
That’s our point guard Portland. pic.twitter.com/fbjdtMSRSx— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) June 5, 2020