The police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Could 25 sparked protests throughout the US and worldwide.
A video of the incident reveals Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for practically 9 minutes because the 46-year-old pleaded: “I can not breathe.”
Following the killing, protests erupted in no less than 140 US cities, with 1000’s of individuals taking to the streets in opposition to police violence. Whereas protests have remained largely peaceable, looting, vandalism and fires have taken place in some cities. The police have additionally used tear gasoline and different non-lethal projectiles on protesters, together with on peaceable gatherings.
Nationwide Guard troops had been activiated in additional than 20 states, and several other cities imposed momentary curfews.
Here’s a timeline of the protests:
Could 25: George Floyd is killed
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, dies after a white Minneapolis police officer pins him to the ground together with his knee on Floyd’s neck.
A video of the incident is extensively shared on social media.
“Please, please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd might be heard within the video as Chauvin continues to kneel on his neck.
Could 26: Protests begin
Minneapolis residents and group leaders categorical outrage over the incident with many drawing comparisons to Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died in 2014 after being positioned in a chokehold by New York Metropolis police and pleading: “I can not breathe.”
A whole lot within the metropolis protest in opposition to Floyd’s killing and demand the 4 officers concerned be held accountable.
The 4 officers concerned in Floyd’s lethal arrest are fired.
Could 27: Protests unfold throughout US
Protests in opposition to police brutality unfold to different US cities, together with Memphis, Tennessee, Los Angeles, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, the place 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was killed by white police months earlier.
Looting and fires are seen in some components of Minneapolis and different cities.
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) May 26, 2020
Could 28: The Nationwide Guard is deployed to Minneapolis
A state of emergency is said by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
In the meantime, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz prompts the Nationwide Guard.
Protesters overrun a police precinct in Minneapolis and the constructing is about on fireplace as calls for develop for fees to be introduced in opposition to the 4 officers concerned in Floyd’s lethal arrest.
Protests proceed to unfold throughout the US.
President Donald Trump sends out a tweet blaming the violence on an absence of management in Minneapolis and threatens to ship within the Nationwide Guard. Many reply with outrage after he calls the protesters “thugs”.
Could 29: Derek Chauvin is charged, protests rage
As protests develop, Chauvin is charged with third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter over Floyd’s dying.
Twitter hides one in every of Trump’s tweets, saying the president violated its insurance policies on “glorifying violence” by his obvious name for the army to make use of drive in opposition to the protests in Minneapolis.
Secret Service brokers rush Trump to a White Home bunker as a whole lot of protesters collect outdoors the president’s residence.
Our nation permits for peaceable protests, however there isn’t a purpose for violence. I’ve seen our residents unify & maintain each other by COVID19 & we won’t cease now. My deepest condolences to the household of George Floyd. As a nation, let’s give attention to peace, prayers & therapeutic.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 29, 2020
Could 30: Protests proceed in Minneapolis and dozens of different cities
Minneapolis Mayor Frey compares the protests to “home terrorism”. Protesters stay undeterred.
What began as largely peaceable protests for George Floyd have turned to outright looting and home terrorism in our area. We’d like you to remain dwelling tonight.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 30, 2020
The Pentagon places active-duty members of the military on standby for deployment to Minneapolis as protests proceed throughout completely different cities within the US.
Could 31 – Protests proceed, mayors impose curfews
The US sees a few of the largest protests but, with calls for rising for the three different officers concerned in Floyd’s dying be arrested and charged.
Some 350 officers of the Minnesota Nationwide Guard and native police are deployed to implement a curfew in Minneapolis.
In Minneapolis, the motive force of a tanker truck drives into a massive crowd of demonstrators. No protesters seem like injured and the motive force is arrested.
US media report scuffles between Secret Service officers and protesters in entrance of the White Home as demonstrators return to the world, resulting in a White Home lockdown.
Police use tear gasoline and different non-lethal projectiles on protesters, together with members of the press.
My safety advisor and I had been shot with rubber bullets tonight. He had PRESS labeled clearly and visibly on his bulletproof vest
— Julio-César Chávez (@JulioCesrChavez) May 31, 2020
June 1: Protesters undeterred by US curfews
Anti-racism solidarity protests are held all over the world, together with the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Brazil.
Protests proceed to unfold throughout the US in addition to extra cities impose curfews and states name within the Nationwide Guard.
Trump calls himself the president of “legislation and different”, and threatens to ship American troopers to the streets to quell the unrest, prompting outrage.
Peaceable protesters are cleared with pepper balls and flashbangs from an space outdoors the White Home so Trump might stroll from his residence to a close-by historic church – that was broken the night time earlier than through the protests – for a photo-opportunity.
In Minneapolis, separate post-mortem stories launched by unbiased and county medical experts agreed in ruling Floyd’s dying was a murder, however they differed partly on the trigger.
The personal post-mortem, obtained by Floyd’s household, discovered that the 46-year-old died of asphyxiation as a result of neck and again compression by police, in keeping with the Floyd household attorneys.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner discovered that Floyd “skilled a cardiopulmonary arrest whereas being restrained by legislation enforcement officer(s)”. It mentioned Floyd suffered “different important situations”, together with coronary heart illness and hypertension, fentanyl intoxication and up to date methamphetamine use.
There aren’t many issues extra momentarily terrifying than a crowd of scared folks working your approach. This occurred a couple of instances close to the White Home as police set off flash bangs to push again protesters. Within the second, nobody’s positive what the sound is & panic ensues 🎥: @iAMSHOOTER pic.twitter.com/A18RBbvtVi
— Malika Bilal (@mmbilal) June 1, 2020
June 2: Protests proceed, fears over coronavirus enhance
1000’s take to the streets with many going to the location of Floyd’s dying.
Public well being specialists categorical critical considerations over COVID-19 unfold.
“It could possibly be … devastating,” Kathleen Sebelius, former US well being secretary, says, including that protesters have a accountability to get examined in order to not infect household and associates.
Well being specialists fear particularly about using tear gasoline on protesters, saying it causes folks to take away masks and contact their eyes.
June 3: Three different officers concerned in Floyd’s dying charged
Prosecutors degree new legal fees in opposition to 4 Minneapolis officers concerned within the dying of Floyd.
Chauvin, already jailed on fees of third-degree homicide and manslaughter, is charged with second-degree homicide.
The added cost, outlined beneath Minnesota legislation as unintentionally inflicting one other individual’s dying within the fee of a felony offence, can carry a sentence of as much as 40 years, 15 years longer than the utmost sentence for third-degree homicide.
Three fellow officers fired from the Minneapolis police division together with Chauvin the following day are charged – every with aiding and abetting each second-degree homicide and manslaughter.
June 4: Minneapolis bids farewell to Floyd
A whole lot collect in Minneapolis for the primary of a number of deliberate memorials for Floyd.
“George Floyd’s story has been the story of Black people. As a result of ever since 401 years in the past, the explanation we might by no means be who we wished and dreamed to be is you saved your knee on our neck,” mentioned Reverend Al Sharpton, who eulogised Floyd. “It is time for us to face up in George’s identify and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks!'”
These in attendance and a whole lot who gathered outdoors the occasion area held an 08:46-minute second of silence on the finish of the service.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 3, 2020
June 5: Vigils held for Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27
Vigils are held in a number of main cities for Taylor on what would have been her 27th birthday. Calls develop for the Louisville officers concerned in Taylor’s killing to be fired.
Twitter in the meantime disables the Trump campaign’s tribute video to Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright grievance.
The clip, which was a collation of images and movies of protest marches and cases of violence within the aftermath of Floyd’s dying, has Trump talking within the background.
Individually, American soccer gamers ship a video message to the NFL about racial inequality.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 5, 2020
June 6 – Mass protests proceed
Mass protests proceed for a second weekend throughout the US. Tens of 1000’s rallied in Washington, DC, New York Metropolis, and elsewhere.
In the meantime, outraged protesters from Sydney to London proceed international rallies in opposition to racism and police brutality.
“It’s time to burn down institutional racism,” one speaker shouted by a megaphone outdoors the Homes of Parliament in London. “Silence is violence,” the throng shouted again within the rain.
June 7: Accomplice and different statues fall; Minneapolis council members announce intention to disband police division
Protests proceed as people take to the streets to point out their help for the Black Lives Matter motion.
Protesters goal Accomplice statues and symbols throughout the US south, with some being toppled by demonstrators and others being eliminated by cities or defenders of the monuments.
Protesters within the English metropolis of Bristol topple a statue of a 17th-century slave dealer.
Demonstrators connected ropes to the statue of Edward Colston earlier than pulling it right down to cheers and roars of approval from the gang and dumping it within the river.
In Brussels, protesters clambered onto the statue of former King Leopold II and chanted “reparations” daubing the phrase “disgrace” on the monument. Historians estimate that some 10 million folks died throughout Leopold’s brutal rule of the Congo.
Calls to defund police departments throughout the US develop. 9 of the 12 Minneapolis council members – a veto-proof majority – announce plans to disband town’s police division. They later say they may work with the group to find out the small print of the plan.
June 8: 1000’s pay respects to Floyd
1000’s of mourners attend a public viewing of Floyd in Houston, Texas, the place Floyd grew up.
They line up for hours to file by the doorways of The Fountain of Reward church, which Floyd attended for many of his life, and previous the open gold-coloured coffin the place he lay wearing a brown swimsuit.
In the meantime, Democrats suggest laws to reform police practices however cease wanting endorsing activists’ calls to “defund the police”.
June 9 – Funeral service for George Floyd
The funeral service for Floyd begins in Houston, Texas, with relations and invited dignitaries submitting into The Fountain of Reward church to pay their respects.
The funeral – broadcast reside – is partly a celebration of Floyd’s life and partly a name to motion to proceed to demand the top of police brutality.
June 10 – Floyd’s brother requires police reforms
Floyd’s brother testifies at a Home Judiciary Committee listening to on problems with racial profiling, police brutality and misplaced belief between police departments and the communities they serve.
“I am drained. I am bored with the ache I am feeling now and I am bored with the ache I really feel each time one other Black individual is killed for no purpose,” Philonise Floyd says throughout his testimony.
“Educate them what vital drive is,” he says. “Educate them that vital drive must be used not often, and solely when life is in danger.”
He additionally reminds the panel that police had been known as as a result of his brother had allegedly used a counterfeit $20 invoice.
Minneapolis police promise reforms, because the Minneapolis Police Division will withdraw from police union contract negotiations, Chief Medaria Arradondo says as he proclaims the primary steps in what he mentioned could be transformational reforms to the division.
June 11 – Prime US basic apologises for Trump photograph op position; protests anticipated to proceed
Military Normal Mark Milley, the US’s highest-ranking army officer, mentioned he was mistaken to have accompanied Trump on a stroll to a church outdoors the White Home, the place he was photographed in his fight uniform with the presidential entourage.
“My presence in that second and in that setting created a notion of the army concerned in home politics,” Milley mentioned. “As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I’ve discovered from, and I sincerely hope all of us can study from it.”
Trump in the meantime assaults leaders in Washington state over actions taken by protesters there. Protesters and self-described anarchists have created what they’re calling a “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”, occupying a number of metropolis blocks after police vacated a precinct there.
Trump on Twitter calls for Seattle’s mayor and Washington’s governor to “take again” town. Mayor Jenny Durkan shoots again, tweeting: “Make us all secure. Return to your bunker.”
Protesters in massive US cities are anticipated to proceed demanding an finish to police brutality.