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…
With thousands showing their support.
Last week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.
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.”
An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
He was only forty-six years old.
Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was finally arrested.
But this wasn’t enough…
His bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
But George’s death has sparked an outrage like never before.
And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
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.
But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.
He is now being charged with second-degree murder according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
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.
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.
And it’s so important that we continue to speak out and use our voices.
In a way that is very visible.
A two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
And those who were painting the letters were reportedly commissioned by D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser.
She also added that it doesn’t seem to be temporary support as the paint being used looked like that is used to stripe road lanes.
The Black Lives Matter movement is a global cause working for global change – and protests have been taking place all over the world.
In all of the nations major cities such as London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and Bristol.
And a video is going viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston.
When it was finally tore down, protesters jumped on the statue and slapped it.
Imitating how George Floyd was brutally killed in the hands of the Minneapolis Police.
Colston was Conservative MP for Bristol following his tenure as deputy governor of the Royal African Company.
He is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.
Protesters picked it up and hurled it into a nearby river.
As the statue of Colston began to sink into the murky depths, a chorus of cheers greeted the air.
Speaking to a BBC reporter, one of the protesters at the scene said:
It’s what he deserves. I’ve been waiting all my life for this moment.
The statue has stood in Bristol since the 1800’s but there have been many petitions to have it removed.
What use is a petition when the statue is now at the bottom of a harbour!
And officers are now said to be using footage of a ‘small group of people’ who were filmed pulling down the statue with ropes, which police say amounted to criminal damage.