Following the death of George Floyd, Americans across the country are coming together to battle the highly prevalent ‘white privilege’ and ‘police brutality against African Americans’, by organizing a number of protests throughout the country. While only the destructive aspects of these protests are shared via mainstream media, here’s the constructive side of it that media will never show you.
Although various states in the United States are imposing curfews and are trying to contain the protests using security forces, demonstrators continue to express their anger and frustration through various media such as billboards, chants, and even violent acts like looting. Although the fate of the police officer that murdered George is still unknown, people of all races in all backgrounds are coming together as one to demand justice to George and to end the discrimination towards African Americans.
#1 A Group Of Black People Protecting A Cop Who Got Separated From Others
#2 Police Demonstrating And Trying To Show They Hear And Understand The Frustration In Portland, Oregon
#3 Stronger Together
#4 A Protester And A Police Officer In Fargo, A True Demonstration Of Solidarity
#5 From The George Floyd Philadelphia Protest
#6 It’s Not White vs. Black, It’s Everyone vs. Racists
Everything started when George Floyd bought a pack of cigarettes from a store, and the employee thought the $20 bill George paid with was counterfeit and reported it to the police. George was a resident in Minneapolis and was faced with unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding to the complaint made by the store employee, two police officers arrived at the store at around 20:08, while George was inside a car with two other people. Then Thomas Lane, one of the officers, pulled George out of the car, and George started to resist cuffs. Soon after, George stopped resisting, and the officers stated that the reason for his arrest was ‘passing counterfeit money.’
#7 Santa Cruz Police Chief Taking A Knee With Peaceful Protesters During A Demonstration In Santa Cruz, California
#8 This Brave Man Has Been Standing Alone In Then Town Square For The Past Few Days
#9 A Veteran Protesting His Government After Fighting For It Shows The United Fight For Equality
#10 Cops In Kansas City Joined The Protesters
Apparently cops in Kansas City joined the local protest against police brutality. And my first reaction was to say something smart ass. But this is truly a start. pic.twitter.com/e3sUwaR16h
— Dylan (@dyllyp) May 30, 2020
#11 Danish Sympathy March For George Floyd: Over 10,000 People Peacefully Marching Through Copenhagen
#12 Police Captain Joins The Local Protest
— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) May 31, 2020
The murderer, an officer named Derek Chauvin, entered the scene when officers struggled to put George inside the police car.
Chauvin pushed Mr. Floyd to the ground at around 20:19. In an attempt to restrain him, Chauvin placed his left knee between George’s head and neck. Despite George’s constant pleas that it was difficult for him to breathe, Chauvin kept his knee there for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. George became non-responsive at around 6 minutes, and multiple witnesses recorded this moment.
After George stopped reacting, JA Kueng, another officer, checked his pulse, but no pulse was felt. After Chauvin removed his knee at 20:27, George was moved to the Hennepin County Medical center and was pronounced dead about an hour later.
#13 This Is Also Happening In Minneapolis
#14 Police In Muskegon Showing Their Support For Protesters Outside The County Courthouse
#15 Stay Safe, Everyone. Except You, Tony
#16 The Police Taking A Knee With Protesters In Miami, Florida
Although it was clear that George was openly murdered, Michael Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney, charged Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with a bail set at $500,000. The other officers who didn’t do anything to stop George’s death were not even arrested.
Not only Floyd’s family, but the entire United States was disappointed about the unfair charges. According to Benjamin Crump, the attorney of Floyd’s family, they have expected a first-degree murder charge for Derek Chauvin, and arrests for the other officers, and he is calling on authorities to revise the charges. Philonese Floyd, George’s brother, organized a fundraiser called the ‘Official George Floyd Memorial Fund’ to help cover the funeral, burial, and court expenses.
#17 Lawyers Offering Pro Bono Services For Arrested Protesters
Lawyers offering pro bono services for arrested protestors. Minneapolis, Houston, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles. I know there are far more doing the same thing in other cities please add them to this thread pic.twitter.com/rRCODVDr8q
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) May 30, 2020
#18 Police Standing Together With The Residents
— Camden County Police (@CamdenCountyPD) May 31, 2020
#19 Police In Downtown Portland Are Kneeling In Front Of Protesters
#20 Protesters Chanted: “Walk With Us!!”
Oh my God it’s happening in Flint too.
Protesters chanted: “WALK WITH US!!”
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) May 31, 2020
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