IN MEMORY OF GEORGE FLOYD
A vital quote to remember.
A vital quote to remember.
George Floyd, an African-American man, died on May 25th, 2020, after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt for about seven minutes on Floyd's neck while the latter was handcuffed and lying down his chest on the road. Floyd seemed to stop moving after about five minutes. Police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng also helped restrain Floyd, while nearby officer Tou Thao stood to block onlookers and cameras view. The incident happened during Floyd's arrest in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was captured by many bystanders on their mobile phones. The video recordings, showing Floyd constantly saying "I can't breathe," have been widely shared and broadcasted by the media on SM platforms. The next day, the four officers who have been involved got sacked.
At the request of the Minneapolis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a federal civil rights investigation into the incident, while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating whether there have been possible violations of Minnesota statutes.
The demonstrations and protests that started after Floyd's death were initially peaceful, but shortly turned violent as windows were broken at a police station, two stores were set on fire, and other shops in the surrounding areas were robbed and destroyed. Law enforcement responded by shooting tear gas into the crowds and firing rubber bullets. Floyd's death was linked to the death of Eric Garner in 2014, an unarmed black man who repeated "I can't breathe" eleven times after being held in a police officer's chokehold during an arrest.
Derek Chauvin, age 44, was named as the officer who held Floyd to the ground by kneeling on his back. He had been an officer with the Minneapolis Department of Police since around 2001. Chauvin had 18 complaints on his official record, two of which resulted in sanctions from the department including formal letters of reprimand. He was involved in three police shootings, one of which was fatal.
President Donald Trump sent his condolences on Twitter urging the FBI to investigate thoroughly, adding: "My heart goes out to George's family and friends. Justice will be served!" Trump also characterized Floyd's death as "Sad and Tragic." Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, said on Twitter: "George Floyd deserved better and his family deserved justice. His life mattered. The FBI should conduct a thorough investigation."
Below, we are sharing a vital quote to remember from @athianakec.