Sitting in, shutting it down
In the early days of the of the unrest, hundreds of the protesters showed up during the day to help clean up after nights of unrest or to hold peaceful sit-ins shutting down the street to traffic. The images of community coming together, marching, praying, demonstrating for justice would be overshadowed by dramatic images of unrest. The sun would set, the mood would change. In the shadow of darkness the police often deployed tear gas on the crowds when the crowd would refuse to leave.