In the last few days, protests in the United States have taken a whole new turn, despite the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Protests have spread across major cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York City and Washington DC.
The latest wave of protest was at the White House, which accommodates the United States’ seat of power.
What the protesters’ were demanding was justice for George Floyd.
The angry protesters’ alarmed Secret Service so much that the White House was placed on lockdown on Friday evening. The protesters gathered outside the gates of the White House as part of a nationwide spate of demonstrations against the death of Minneapolis resident, George Floyd.
Several videos on social media showed protesters chanting “George Floyd” and knocking down the barriers outside the White House.
Another video showed hundreds of protesters outside the White House.
“Secret Service has closed the park and isn’t letting anyone off the White House grounds at the moment. You can hear chants of, ‘I can’t breathe,'” said Kaitlan Collins of CNN.
A report from Daily Mail claimed that the protesters were burning American flags, as well as vandalizing buildings with spray paint.
This came less than 72 hours after properties, malls, cars and other structures were destroyed by protesters in Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, the killer cop, Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
A viral video captured the moment officer Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck till he passed out and died moments later.
According to the complaint, Floyd’s autopsy revealed that:
“No physical findings support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease.
“The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.
“Chauvin “had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive.
“Police are trained that this type of restraint with a prone position is inherently dangerous,” the complaint says. It also says that Chauvin disregarded another officer, Thomas Lane, who asked, “should we roll him on his side?” Chauvin allegedly responded, “No, staying put where we got him.”
It is understood that people will try to dig out dirt about Floyd, and eyes will role and tongues will wag at this. People will get to see his mug shot portraying him as a villain even though surveillance video does not support police claims that he resisted arrest.
It is important to note that no crime justifies this kind of punishment, even if he has a criminal history or mental health issues, just as his ”supposed autopsy” portrays.
There is absolutely no justification for his death.
The death of George Floyd is one among many other deaths and rights abuse that Black Americans have witnessed in the hands of American cops.
George Floyd was not the first and if nothing is done, he definitely will not be the last.