The Police killing of George Floyd continues to ignite protests across the US.
A native of Houston, Texas, Floyd grew up in the neighborhood at the heart of the city’s black community. Last week, George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The death, which was captured on video, sparked global outrage. A local deli called the police because they had thought that Floyd had used a counterfeit bill. Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were responding to the call about the $20 counterfeit bill on May 25.
Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old white officer was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. Chauvin’s face went viral and people began to protest in front of his house and wrote “murderer” across his property. Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His charges were later changed to second-degree murder, a much more serious charge. Chauvin was the subject of at least 18 prior complaints and only two were “closed with discipline.” J. Alexander Kueng helped restrain George Floyd along with Derek Chauvin and Thomas Lane. Kueng was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Thomas Lane was also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Tou Thao stood next to the other three police officers and watch them restrain Floyd and watched Chauvin place his knee of Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Thao was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
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George Floyd’s death sparked a complete outrage across the world because of how bad police brutality has gotten towards African Americans. They have received no justice for the thousands of blacks that have faced police brutality. Everyone has stayed quiet long enough and on May 26, 2020, protests began in Minneapolis. Most of the protests began peacefully and several stayed peaceful. But in a large number of cases, demonstrators clashed with police, set police cars on fire, vandalized property or looted shops. When police started retaliating that is when it turned violent. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets but that just made the protestors angrier. This led to peaceful protests to become violent. The media does not want to show police officers doing wrong, they want to show the protestors looting and stealing. In reality, police officers have been using excessive force, destroying property, and being racists. There are now dozens of videos that have surfaced to show police officers hurting the community and their people during these protests. All 50 states have come together to show their support for the black community. Not just 50 states but several other countries also took part in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests. George Floyd’s movement is the first step in the right direction to stop police brutality and make black lives matter.
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The 75-year-old man was shoved by NYPD officers and the man appeared to hit his head but NYPD refuses can help and walks around the man as he lies motionless
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