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Update: The man killed during Saturday night's deadly shooting has been identified as Garrett Foster. His mother Sheila Foster told Good Morning America that her son had been attending the protests with his fiancé Whitney Mitchell. 

Police are investigating a homicide after a person was shot dead during a protest Saturday night in Austin. 

Two men look on at protestors in San Antonio on May 30.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

In times of civil unrest or social upheaval, protests seek to raise awareness for a message or cause in solidarity with others. Crowds of people seeking to alter the status quo march in close proximity, often chanting, shouting and singing -- none of which are conducive to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

From Texas Standard:

The current focus on civil rights and justice for black Americans is reminiscent of the 1960s when African Americans spoke out, protested racism and worked to make change. 

Protesters hold signs at a protest in Edinburg in support of Black Lives Matter Movement.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Several hundred people braved the 94 Texas degree heat on Saturday  — the majority in face masks — to protest racism and police brutality.

Multiple deputy sheriffs, as well as Sheriff Javier Salazar, joined protestors in their march around the county courthouse.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

In 2020, Americans have turned out to protest both coronavirus shutdown orders and police brutality. 

Many San Antonio residents attended Thursday's City Council meeting to speak against the budget for the San Antonio Police Department.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council Chambers was a tinderbox of emotion Thursday from Black Lives Matter protesters as the council weighed budget cuts over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council approved more than $80 million in adjustments from lost revenue but Black Lives Matter demonstrators called on the council to defund SAPD over use of force measures during protests on Saturday and Tuesday. Residents who attended the meeting disrupted it several times, including an impassioned exchange with the mayor.

Despite the 9 p.m. curfew, Wednesday's peaceful protest continued after dark with no police interference.
Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio issued a 9 p.m. curfew for downtown San Antonio following peaceful protests that turned violent in recent days.

Some protesters ignored the curfew on Wednesday — the day the curfew was issued — but the protests stayed peaceful.

From Texas Standard:

President Donald Trump said in an address to the nation Monday that he has “strongly recommended” that governors deploy the National Guard in response to actions including “rioting and looting."

Trump went on to say, “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

Mass protests that have erupted over police brutality toward black people in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus. But some health experts, even as they urge caution, said they support the demonstrations — because racism also poses a dire health threat.


This weekend, hundreds of people in San Antonio rallied to demand justice for George Floyd -- a black Minneapolis man who died after being forcibly restrained by a police officer -- and bring awareness to issues of police brutality and racial injustice in America.