A few hundred feet from the White House, at the intersection of 16th and H Street, a man with a red bandanna climbed atop a traffic light to give an impromptu speech to a crowd of protesters. It was 6:31 p. m. on Thursday, June 4, and the demonstrators stretched a block in every direction. The sweltering heat of the summer sun radiated off the pavement. In the man’s right hand was a canvas portrait of BlacOwt, a rapper who was shot and killed by police in April in Las Vegas.
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