As protests continue, many powerful images have been surfacing online of people demanding justice. But this week, one picture has gone viral... of a couple getting engaged in the middle of a BLM protest.
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Across the States, hundreds of emotional pictures have emerged of those participating in the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
via: Getty ImagesBut one, in particular, has caught the eye of many online...
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
via: GettyLast 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...
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
4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
via: Getty ImagesDerek 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.
via: Getty ImagesHis 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...
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.
But things have been 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.
It's a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut 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
People have been very vocal about the protests online...
via: Getty ImagesBut one picture has gone viral for a very different reason.
This weekend, a picture surfaced online of a man proposing to his girlfriend in the middle of a BLM protest.
Young later revealed to E! News that the engagement very nearly didn't happen in the way it did.
via: InstagramWhy? Because his fiancée is pregnant, and he had prior obligations and wasn't sure whether he could go to the protest with her. "I didn't want her out there alone," he explained.
But, luckily, Young canceled his plans.
via: InstagramAnd packed a book bag with the essentials, along with the ring that he "snuck" in. And when the moment came, he pulled out the ring and proposed.
By coincidence, photographer Charles Crouch was in the right place at the right time.
via: Instagram"I had my camera with me to document it for my company, 4C Visuals Group. I just happened to be standing right there when he went down on his knee. I began taking pictures," he said.