Amid the nationwide protests, we're seeing police officers using various methods to restrain protesters.
In a horrific video that surfaced recently, a police officer could be seen shoving an elderly man to the ground. The man hits his head and it starts bleeding.
The video sparked global outrage - and now the officers involved are facing felony assault charges.
Keep scrolling to learn more.
It all started on May 25th...
via: GettyPassers-by in Minneapolis witnessed and filmed 2 police officers "arresting" George Floyd for an alleged forgery incident.
Police found George matching a suspect's description in his car.
via: TwitterEven though he didn't resist arrest, one of the officers got him on the ground and pinned him there by pressing their knee into his neck.
This position was clearly very painful for him...
via: Twitter"Please, please, I can't breathe," George can be heard begging in harrowing footage as the officers remain standing. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," he moans as passers-by begin to gather and repeatedly tell the officer to stop leaning on him.
Multiple witnesses are arguing with the officers when he starts to lose consciousness...
via: Twitter"He's not f****** moving!" one witness shouts as another says, "Get the f*** off him, he isn't moving!" One of the officers responds with, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
After around 4 minutes of the officer kneeling on him, George is completely unresponsive.
via: TwitterAn ambulance arrives, the paramedics check his pulse and move his body onto a stretcher - he was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
George was only forty-six years old...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
The police officers involved have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency...
via: TwitterAnd a huge amount of backlash has hit the headlines.
Four officers involved have been fired.
via: TwitterDerek Chauvin, the officer pressing his knee into George's neck, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. His charge was later upgraded to second-degree murder.
The haunting footage of George's death began circulating online...
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
People all around the world have been left furious over George's unjustified death.
It’s really hard to tweet about this shit bc we have to use our voices but I also don’t want to minimize the depth… https://t.co/FbH2y78hm8— Kiana Ledé (@Kiana Ledé)1590567945.0
When will this violence stop?
via: Getty ImagesAnd when will police officers who have caused his death be properly convicted for their crimes?
Protests have been held in George's memory all around the country...
via: Getty ImagesBut Minneapolis has been restless for an entire week now.
The protests started last week and continue to spread across the nation...
via: Getty ImagesThousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets on Wednesday to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice.
Things very quickly turned violent.
via: Getty ImagesAs thousands of people took to the streets, the police force became involved when shops started getting broken into and police cars were being attacked.
Police officers in riot gear pelted the crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets...
“Rare Footage” . Protest #Video From #Minneapolis against the killing of #GeorgeFloyd .… https://t.co/k6PH0Bi97p— The Voice Of Liberty® (@The Voice Of Liberty®)1590581647.0
But things were far from over...
via: Getty ImagesA Minneapolis Police Station was set on fire to mark the third evening of rioting. Thankfully, the station had been evacuated beforehand so nobody was seriously hurt.
The scenes have been truly apocalyptical.
No police in sight https://t.co/baiDgxktNi— Max Nesterak (@Max Nesterak)1590726777.0
The Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey has been repeatedly addressing the incident, referring to events in the videos as "wrong at every level."
@AttorneyCrump Something is wrong with white cops,they just murder black men like it's hunting season.— Blessed24/7 (@Blessed24/7)1590503025.0
And on the same day, he addressed the person responsible for George's death.
via: Getty ImagesAnd this time, he called for the outright arrest of Derek Chauvin - the officer who is responsible for the death of George Floyd.
The Mayor pointed out that if any normal person had committed this horrific act, they would be in jail right now.
via: Getty Images"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey asked during the press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."
Justice should have been served.
Apparently, at this moment, #DerekChauvin is hiding in his home trying to get food delivered. Imagine if a video of… https://t.co/gCCwFsS9Yy— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1590622294.0
But it seems that justice is finally being served.
BREAKING: Officer Derek Chauvin, the man seen kneeling on the neck of #GeorgeFloyd in several videos, has been arre… https://t.co/9PfLbOdWsZ— Minnesota Daily (@Minnesota Daily)1590772812.0
And now he's been charged with murder in the second degree.
BREAKING: Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee on George Floyd's neck, has been taken into custody according… https://t.co/eNwuxvVhDA— Philip DeFranco 👊🏻 (@Philip DeFranco 👊🏻)1590773284.0
Police tactics are nothing short of dangerous.
via: InstagramAnd in another video taken from the protest in Buffalo, we witnessed the danger again.
As protestors filled Niagara Square on Thursday officers began to move in on the crowd.
via: TwitterDressed in heavy gear, they were obviously prepared.
And as they started to move an elderly man approached some of them.
via: TwitterThe elderly man started a non-physical confrontation with the cops.
But an officer from the group was having none of it and can be heard shouting 'Move!' at the man.
via: TwitterHe then proceeded to push the man backward out of his way, causing the elderly man to stumble and fall backwards... hitting his head.
The officers can be heard calling for a medic as the man lays motionless on the ground where blood can be seen.
via: TwitterAccording to TMZ, the man was initially taken to hospital in a stable but serious condition.
The Mayor also added that he is "deeply disturbed" by the video.
The police assaults on peaceful protestors—like the elderly man in Buffalo—is unnecessary and avoidable. The only… https://t.co/48sLb6qzcF— Simran Jeet Singh (@Simran Jeet Singh)1591327598.0
Here's the horrific video:
Officers in Buffalo, NY shove older man to ground. His head hit the ground, he lays there bleeding. Cops just st… https://t.co/BwvH2zuw6k— Simran Jeet Singh (@Simran Jeet Singh)1591320884.0
But then there was a huge turn of events.
#MartinGugino, the 75 year old man knocked to the ground by police in Buffalo, is a longtime peace activist and vol… https://t.co/kegSGYwmOr— James Martin, SJ (@James Martin, SJ)1591449807.0
57 members resigned.
75-year-old man assaulted by a Buffalo police officer. He was pushed to the ground and cracked his skull. They wal… https://t.co/XgWJYecUtk— Hakeem Jeffries (@Hakeem Jeffries)1591399093.0
Forbes claim they left as a show of support.But not in support of the elderly man, but in support of the two officers who have been suspended without pay from the force.
They claim the officers were just doing their job.
57 Buffalo police resign. The union is upset with treatment of the two officers who were suspended. “Our position i… https://t.co/XKcrMCMNQH— Mark Geragos 🇦🇲 (@Mark Geragos 🇦🇲)1591385244.0
These guys did nothing but do what they were ordered to do. This is disgusting !!!
But most people feel otherwise.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown closes interview with Rachel Maddow accusing Buffalo police union as having been on “the… https://t.co/NU3UuGqbGg— John Wawrow (@John Wawrow)1591406694.0
And now the officers involved are facing charges.
BREAKING: Buffalo, New York police officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assau… https://t.co/q12qNXFOyH— ABC News (@ABC News)1591458403.0
They're being charged with felony assault.
BREAKING: The two Buffalo police officers who pushed down a senior citizen have been charged with assault, will be arraigned today.— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1591455736.0
But Buffalo's mayor thinks the victim was in the wrong.
I don’t give a damn what the Mayor of Buffalo says. I don’t give a damn what the police chief says. I don’t give a… https://t.co/RYTgb6n3UV— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1591445887.0
He referred to him as an agitator.
The mayor of Buffalo talking about the 75-year-old man who had his skull cracked open on video by the police: https://t.co/lFZGi0LqSq— Yes, You're Racist (@Yes, You're Racist)1591413950.0
He remains in hospital.
#JustIn: This is a statement from a lawyer of Martin Gugino, the man who was pushed by officers following last nigh… https://t.co/XbzLDB6pj9— Marlee Tuskes (@Marlee Tuskes)1591397232.0