In Minnesota this week, there is mourning and mayhem.
The death of George Floyd while in police custody has sparked outrage around the nation, as a video surfaced showing a police officer kneeling on the neck of the already restrained Floyd as he pleaded for relief, unable to breath. The officer’s casual stance, with his hands in his pockets at times, has infuriated the masses who can see no reason for such an escalation of force on a man who was already laying prone.
While the officers in question have been removed from the force, Americans by and large feel that charges should also be pressed. In response to the lack of legal action, Minneapolis has erupted.
Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody rocked a Minneapolis neighborhood for a second straight night as angry crowds looted stores, set fires and left a path of damage that stretched for miles. The mayor asked the governor to activate the National Guard.
The protests that began late Wednesday and stretched into Thursday morning were the most destructive yet since the death of George Floyd, who was seen on video gasping for breath during an arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes. In the footage, George pleads that he cannot breathe and slowly stops talking and moving.
Images from the the scene were shocking, to say the least.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Americans in Minneapolis today.
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