As protests continue on a global scale following the death of George Floyd almost two weeks ago, many people have been showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Now protesters have gone viral after tearing down a statue of a slave trader before throwing it into a nearby river.
Keep scrolling to see what went down...
Across the States, hundreds of emotional pictures have emerged of those participating in the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd.With thousands showing their support.
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.Last week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
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
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...And, 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
4 days after George's death, some justice was served.Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was finally arrested. But this wasn't enough...
Chauvin was originally taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.His bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
But things have been quick to turn violent.Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
And of course, the news broke yesterday that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison elevates the charge against ex-officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree mu… https://t.co/2l8o6FpdP9— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1591228388.0
As for the other officers?Let’s not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George’s death, 3 other police officers – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched. As reported by the New York Times, it was announced yesterday that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.
This is only the beginning.
THEYRE CHARGING THE OTHER 3 OFFICERS AND RAISED THE DEGREE. KEEP SIGNING PETITIONS, KEEP DONATING, KEEP CALLING. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING— gabryelle (@gabryelle)1591208344.0
One city really decided to use its voice.In a way that is very visible.
On Friday morning, a group of people were seen painting large yellow letters down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C.A two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
The letters along the road spelled out "Black Lives Matter".And those who were painting the letters were reportedly commissioned by D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Emily Badger, a New York Times writer who spotted the letters, said in a tweet that the letters would "be a real middle finger to any federal forces flying overhead."
This is the same paint the city uses to stripe road lanes. That’s not... temporary sidewalk chalk.— Emily Badger (@Emily Badger)1591363768.0
But the protests aren't only in the U.S.
London protest escalated quickly https://t.co/LkifzkgmFw— pint plz mate (@pint plz mate)1591463876.0
The UK has had a lot of protests in the past few days.In all of the nations major cities such as London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and Bristol.
Things in Bristol got very heated.
Well that put an end to the debate (unless someone tries to put it back up) slave trader Edward Colston statue take… https://t.co/ICTFh8t8CU— Alon Aviram (@Alon Aviram)1591537334.0
People then jumped on the statue.
This happened a few moments ago. The Edward Colston statue has been pulled down. https://t.co/E0BUxVHonc— BBC Radio Bristol (@BBC Radio Bristol)1591539228.0
Some protesters kneeled on the statue's neck.
Historic scenes in Bristol as protesters kneel on the neck of the toppled statue of Edward Colston for eight minute… https://t.co/p7VVmxHW7n— Martin Booth (@Martin Booth)1591539194.0
Colston was a slave trader.
The tearing down of the Colston statue - a Bristol slave trader - during the #BLM protests today raises many questi… https://t.co/RzbactdSV3— Kam Sandhu (@Kam Sandhu)1591541783.0
And after the statue was torn down.
The destructive iconoclasm is international. The reason Colston was honored was for his generous philanthropy, not… https://t.co/TFEfYVnvRd— Americanophile🇺🇸 (@Americanophile🇺🇸)1591546918.0
One protester said.
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston toppled into Bristol’s harbour. ‘It’s what he deserves. I’ve bee… https://t.co/xzJLp90l6r— Sarah Turnnidge (@Sarah Turnnidge)1591542295.0
It’s what he deserves. I’ve been waiting all my life for this moment.
Many people support the move.
The Colston statue was pulled down with rope and subsequently thrown into the harbour. In recent days, a petition… https://t.co/LbF5QXyAO2— Luke Addis (@Luke Addis)1591546893.0
I guess there's no need for that anymore!
this was in bristol, uk. it’s a statue of edward colston who brought, sold and traded africans and forced them into… https://t.co/xori7FcgTM— serena (@serena)1591546741.0
A police investigation has been launched.
Bristol Police have called the incident an act of “criminal damage” and have launching an investigation to “identif… https://t.co/Q87j226Oaw— Mahatir Pasha (@Mahatir Pasha)1591548073.0