Protests continue in cities across the US for the 3rd night over the arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in police custody after a white officer handcuffed him and kneeled on his neck for several minutes as Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe.
The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck is been charged with murder and manslaughter. The community leaders and residents demands the arrest of three other officers who were involved as well.
Demonstrators took to New York City streets for a second day in protest over the death of Floyd and invoked the names of other black people who died at police hands.
Protesters took to the streets across America over the death of George Floyd on Friday night. Some of the protests have been peaceful, while others have been destructive.
In Minneapolis, police abandoned the 3rd precinct police station, which was a major protest site. Crowds breached the station and set the entrance on fire.
Governor of Minnesota activated the National Guard to respond to the protests and declared a state of emergency in Minneapolis, St Paul, and surrounding areas.
Governor Walz wrote in the proclamation that he supported peaceful protests but “unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in an unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property”.
This is not the first instance of a controversial, police-involved killing in the region.
- 2015: Protests erupted over the shooting death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old man who was being pursued by Minneapolis officers.
- 2016: Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer in a neighborhood just 15 minutes away from the current epicenter of protest.
- 2017: A Minneapolis officer was charged with the shooting death of Justine Damond after she called to report a possible sexual assault.
Former officer Chauvin had been jailed and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, protesters at Minneapolis City Hall let up a cheer. But it was quickly replaced by a new demand: “One down, three to go“.