Floyd, a Minnesota resident, was arrested on Monday after he was accused of using a counterfeit $20 note at a local deli. His arrest was recorded by passers-by which shows a white policer officer, Derek Chauvin, restraining Floyd by kneeling on his neck for at least seven minutes despite the 46-year-old gasping for breath and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”.
The officer remained in that position even after Floyd became unconscious. His unresponsive body was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called the incident “public lynching without a rope.” This was not an isolated incident, George Floyd joins a list of many African Americans who have died such as Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, and Sean Reed.
The incident once again shines a light on the law enforcement’s bias against the African American minority, with Floyd’s death being cited as the most recent incident of racially driven police brutality.
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Former officer Derek Chauvin faces third degree murder charges in Floyds death, while the other 3 police officers involved still need to be held accountable. Activist groups and protestors say they are inadequate. As of Saturday night, over 1,400 protestors have been arrested in 16 cities since Thursday.
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