Black lives matter: George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point

George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save lives. They often threaten and take them.

Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020,  thousand of people are continuing protesting. This protesting is not only one person’s death. This protesting is for all the racism action on black peoples, but this death was ‘premeditated murder’

While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis officer white, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive. 

After Floyd’s death, demonstrations and protests in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area were initially peaceful on May 26, but later that day became violent as windows were smashed at a police precinct, two stores were set on fire, and many stores were looted and damaged. Some demonstrators skirmishes with police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Protests sprang throughout the nation.

Preliminary results from the official autopsy found no indication that Floyd died of strangulation or traumatic asphyxia, but that the combined effects of being restrained, underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, and potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death. Attorneys for Floyd’s family announced that they have requested an independent autopsy.

On Sunday there was protesting in front of DC. White house. Before this day on Saturday night 17 people were arrested and 11MPD officers were injured during protests. 

Also Video from two Philadelphia TV stations on Sunday shows youths smashing several police cars and looting at least one store.Reporting on the violence in West Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer says police cars were also set ablaze.

Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Garner, also an unarmed black man, repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times after being placed in a chokehold by a New York police officer during an arrest in Staten Island.

Resource BBC and CNN

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