Warning: Some protest sign images and language may be graphic to some readers.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Community members are gathering in Downtown El Paso for two dueling rallies. One of them demanding to defund the El Paso Police Department, and the other in support of law enforcement.
8:30 p.m. – Cleveland Square Park begins to look empty as people from the pro police rally leave
8:15 p.m – The protest has come to its end, and protesters who stayed behind begin confronting one another
8:00 p.m. – Protesters chant “it is our duty to fight for freedom” as the protest comes to an end
7:55 p.m – Speakers begin to share their thoughts and experiences
7:50 p.m. – Tensions build between pro police and Black Lives Matter protesters
7:40 p.m. – Protesters stand in solidarity in San Jacinto Plaza.
7:30 p.m. – Protesters march at a standstill.
7:15 p.m. – Hundreds of El Pasoans begin marching through the Downtown streets chanting “No Justice, No Peace. Defund the police”
7:10 p.m. – The march begins in the streets of Downtown
7:07 p.m. – Protesters have made a list of chants and say they do not want to raise any conflicts with counter-protesters, police, or the media
7:05 p.m. – Woman giving away free books about black men and women at the El Paso Black Lives protest
7:00 p.m. – Protesters have set up a first aid station, while others arrive to show support for the El Paso Police Department.
6:55 p.m. – More protesters begin to gather at Cleveland Square Park
6:36 p.m. – Protesters begin to gather in Downtown El Paso