Died on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Arrested after a phoned-in report to police that Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill in a store. E was held down by Police Sergeant Derek Chauvin with a knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while Floyd, who had recovered from Covid-19, pleaded many times, “I can’t breathe.” Cell phone video by a teenage bystander recorded the events, starting the worldwide public protests against police brutality targeting people of color. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, and the three others face charges of aiding and abetting murder. Some are out on bail, awaiting trial.
In George Floyd’s name, protests continue across the US to demand police reform to end the excessive use of force and violence against unarmed men and women of color.