Caught on camera: A ten-year-old black boy plays basketball but as soon as he sees a police car pass by, he hides behind a car until it is out of sight. This is the reality for many black children living in America.
Keep scrolling to see the full footage. This one will break your heart, ladies and gentlemen.
Tensions between police officers and civilians have never been so high.
via: Getty ImagesThis is the harsh reality for black people everywhere. They fear the people that are supposed to "protect us" and there is so much evidence of it as you'll see.
But how did we manage to get here in the first place?
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint. The only difference with this alleged killing was the fact that it was caught on camera.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
The impact this particular death had on people was substantial...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Protests have been taking place all over the world.
via: GettyFrom the United Kingdom to New Zealand, the global solidarity has been incredible to see.
But things were quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
Police officers have been forced to resort to violence in order to maintain the riots...
via: GettyAnd this has only fueled the nation's anger further.
But not all of these police officers have been turning to violence.
via: GettyVarious stories have been emerging about the solidarity experienced between police officers and protestors but some people still haven't reached that stage yet.
For black people in America, this is their harsh reality.
via: GettyPolice forces have been known and have previously admitted to purposefully attacking and detaining civilians because they are black.
At a protest in Houston, Texas, a little girl became quite upset at the sight of the police officers.
via: TwitterThe police presence evidently frightened the little girl. So one officer, who happened to be passing by at the time, decided to step in when the little girl asked, "are you going to shoot me?"
In a bid to reassure her, the police officer knelt down, put his arm around her, and said:
via: Twitter"We're here to protect you okay? We're not here to hurt you at all. You can protest, you can party, you can do whatever you want."
But this is not always the case.
via: Getty ImagesMany young black children are still very frightened of the police because of how many people in their community have been shot and killed at their hands. Systemic racism is a lesson taught to them from a young age.