The killing of George Floyd, a 46 year-old black man who died in police custody after a white officer handcuffed him and kneeled on his neck for several minutes has sparked outrage and brutal protests across the US cities of Minneapolis, Denver, New York and Oakland.
George Floyd’s family have demanded the four police officers implicated in his death to face murder charges. George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN on Thursday that he believes the officers involved deserve death penalty. In response to this the prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence. Many activists, celebrities and politicians across the globe have poured in their condolences to the Floyd family and demanded justice to be served.
In Minneapolis, at a major protest site since three days, the protestors broke into a police precinct station on Thursday setting it ablaze and setting off fireworks after the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse a crowd outside the 3rd Precinct and evacuated the police station. A livestream video which went viral showed protesters entering the building, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set. Hundreds of people were included in the protest who opposed the injustice inflicted on the blacks in the country. At an instance, a band among the protestors were seen playing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Demonstrators carried clothing mannequins from a looted Target and threw them onto a burning car which resulted in a building fire in the nearby area. A large expanse of red graffiti scrawled on the wall of the Target put up by the protestors questioned the police, ”WHY US?” Amidst the chaos, US President Donald Trump has threatened to call in the national guard to curb the protest. The president reffered the protestors as thugs and said that they are dishonouring the death of George Floyd.
In another instance, elsewhere in Minneapolis, thousands of peaceful demonstrators were seen marching on the streets and demanded justice for the killing of George Floyd. Among the protestors, a female protestor threw light on their protest and quoted saying, “We don’t want to be here fighting against anyone. We don’t want anyone to be hurt. We don’t want to cause any damages. We just want the police officer to be held accountable.”
While the world is at a tipping point the brutality against African Americans has sparked public outrage over racism, amid a deadly pandemic as such if these racist attitudes are not banished the social society will become hollow in its morals, leaving more innocents like George Floyd to die.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News