Today, remarkable footage of Sherrif laying down his helmet and baton to unite with protestors has emerged, and it is the most beautiful symbol of solidarity in these dark and difficult times.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to watch the amazing footage for yourself...
As thousands of people protest and riot against the unlawful death of George Floyd, tensions surrounding our police force have never been so high.
via: GettyPeople are taking to the streets to fight against the unjust brutality, and to call for an end to police violence once and for all.
This type of disgraceful violence has been happening within our police forces for decades now...
via: GettyBut, recently, the anger and upset has peaked to unprecedented levels.
It all happened last week.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, Passers-by in Minneapolis witnessed and filmed 2 police officers "arresting" George Floyd for an assumed 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 heard begging in harrowing footage as the officers remain standing. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," he moaned as passers-by began to gather and repeatedly plead with the officer to stop leaning on him.
Multiple witnesses were arguing with the officers when he started to lose consciousness...
via: Twitter"He's not f****** moving!" one witness shouted as another says, "Get the f*** off him, he isn't moving!" One of the officers responded with, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
After around 4 minutes of the officer kneeling on him, George was completely unresponsive.
via: TwitterAn ambulance arrived, the paramedics checked his pulse and moved his body onto a stretcher - but, devastatingly, 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.
Officers have been punished, to some extent.
via: TwitterAnd in total, 4 police officers have been fired following George's death.
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
"Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For 5 minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For 5 minutes," he said.
"When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th, this last night, is simply awful."
And 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."
But on Friday, we got the news that we'd all been waiting for.
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
He was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter...And could face up to twenty-five-years behind bars if found guilty of his charges.
But, despite his arrest, the wound from George's shocking death is still very raw.
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
Protests have been held in George's memory all around the country...
via: Getty ImagesAnd Minneapolis has been restless for the entire week now.
It didn't take long for protests to unfold...
via: Getty ImagesThousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets last week to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice.
But things very quickly turned violent.
via: Getty ImagesAs thousands of people took to the streets, the police force became involved when shops started getting looted 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 last night 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
But not all of these police officers have been turning to violence.
via: GettyDuring the protests and riots, various stories have been emerging about the solidarity experienced between police officers and protestors.
Despite the ongoing issue with police racism, there is a staggering amount of genuinely heroic police officers out there...
via: GettyAnd today, footage of one of these officers has gone viral after he did something amazing at a protest.
News of the amazing actions of group of police officers started circulating on Twitter over the weekend.
Flint Police just laid down their shields and batons and started walking with protestors— Cousy 810 (@Cousy 810)1590888209.0
Genesee County Sheriff, Chris Swanson, was filmed addressing protestors as he removed his hat.
via: TwitterHe could be heard saying: "Don't think for a second that he [Derek Chauvin] represents what these cops are from all over the county and around the station. We go out there to help people, not do that nonsense."
Swanson wanted to be united with the protestors...
via: TwitterNot to be fighting against them. "We want to be with y'all for real. I've took the helmet off, laid the batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest."
Becoming visibly more emotional, Swanson continued:
via: Twitter"These cops love you. That cop over there hugs people. [...] You tell us what we need to do."
With these words, the crowd started to cheer, applaud, and chant "walk with us"...
via: TwitterAnd Swanson and his team gratefully joined the protestors, as he gave out high-fives, fist-pumps, and even posed for photos.
The video has since had over a million views...
via: TwitterAnd Swanson has since spoken about his decision to lay down his weapons: "This is the way it’s supposed to be - the police working with the community. When we see injustice, we call it out on the police side and on the community side. All we had to do was talk to them, and now we’re walking with them. The cops in this community, we condemn what happened. [Chauvin] is not one of us."
You can watch the footage for yourself here...
Here’s the Video https://t.co/Xi27q1sHGZ— Cousy 810 (@Cousy 810)1590893256.0