Minneapolis: Officer who killed George Floyd arrested; Protests escalate

Minneapolis: Officer Who Killed George Floyd Arrested; Protests Escalate - We The World Magazine
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The white Minneapolis officer who killed George Floyd, an African-American has been arrested over murder charges, as protests continue to erupt across the US, through Saturday, seeking justice with “I can’t breathe” clarion call.

The incident: former white Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, as revealed in a video was seen to kneel African American George Floyd to death. The 46-years old man was unarmed and his last words before passing away were “I can’t breathe.” There was another policeman on the scene who raised concern as Floyd was laid on the ground and handcuffed, but Chauvin didn’t pay any heed. Floyd was arrested on the suspicion of using a counterfeit bill in a store.

Ongoing protest in Philadelphia (Image courtesy of @khalifaheather via Twitter)

The case has invoked America’s anger over baseless African Americans killed by the cops, more so after the arrest came. Nationwide protests have been documented and protests got widespread after Chauvin’s arrest, breaking curfews, setting police vehicles on fire, looting into shops, and other violent outbursts.

Graphic showing widespread protests in the US over George Floyd killing (Image courtesy of @BernieUpstateNY via twitter)

On Saturday, crowds broke the overnight curfews in Minneapolis. Matters escalated in the state’s Southside, so much so that cops had to control the mob using rubber bullets and tear gas. Protestors set cars and businesses on fire, Associated Press reports.

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In Washington’s Portland, recent protests over George Floyd killing lead to 30 arrests. Despite curfew set at 8 PM, nearly a thousand set on the street of Oregon, local media reported.

Tweet showing cop and protester clash

Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter

Mr. Chauvin, the cop who killed Floyd, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The criminal statement says Chauvin acted with “a depraved mind, without regard for human life”, BBC reports. If convicted, Chauvin with three other cops who were fired after the incident faces 12 years in prison. Watch the horrible graphic video below:

Video via CBS Evening News/ Youtube

New York also became a hotbed for protests with thousands of people reportedly taking to the streets to protest against the inhuman killing of the unarmed man of color. Videos shared on social media showed protestors flocking areas like Times Square, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, near Trump Tower and Fifth Avenue, and so on.

What is third-degree murder?

According to Minnesota law: “Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree.” 

What is second-degree manslaughter?

According to Minnesota law, a person is convicted of the manslaughter of a second degree in five circumstances. In case of Chauvin, prosecutors could argue “culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another,” according to Kare 11.

By the urge of President Trump, National Guard and Military Police sweeping the streets of Minneapolis

Curfews have been set on major US cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Rochester, and Miami Dade County, NBC News reports. In Minneapolis, National Guard Military Police was deployed, a rare action, after the urge of President Trump.

Animation showing a giant knee pressing from top. Floyd was killed by choking with knee.

In Las Vegas, protests took a desperate turn. Reportedly “I Can’t Breathe” protestors set off fireworks in downtown Las Vegas near the federal courthouse on Las Vegas Boulevard and broke into a pawn shop.

Thousands down on street to protest, despite pandemic.
Protestants destroying NYPD vehicle
Cars set on fire in Michigan.

There are peaceful protestors, but there’s also people to inflict violence.

(Cover image courtesy of @khalifaheather via Twitter)