On May 25th, a white Minneapolis policeman named Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for approximately nine minutes while George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was handcuffed face down. Despite Floyd repeatedly saying that he couldn’t breathe, Chauvin refused to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck. The other policemen involved in the scene were Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane. The other officers further restrained Floyd and one prevented onlookers from intervening. Despite the fact that during the final three minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, the policemen made no efforts to revive him, and Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck even as arriving emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him. This ordeal arose because Floyd had been suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a market.

The next day, after videos of this event circulated the internet, the four officers were fired. On May 29th, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, at this point, the other police officers had not been charged. On June 3rd, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison amended Chauvin’s charges to include second-degree murder along with the other officers.

Protests have ensued across the country, in all 50 states, to protest against police brutality. This event isn’t unheard of in the USA. Throughout history, countless people have been murdered as a result of police brutality and ‘accidents.’ However, the policemen involved in the murders are not always held accountable. This is evidenced by Tamir Rice and his killer, who still is free while Rice is dead. If you are reading please take a look at the list of names of people that have died under the hands of a policeman. On the list is 343 names. 343 innocent people. Also, if you are able to, please donate to George Floyd’s memorial fund.


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originally posted June 4