As protests continue across the nation and all across the world, we’re seeing people come together to fight against the injustice faced by the black community.
And now George Floyd’s son has come out and said “his heart is really touched” by people’s solidarity, but he also had a message about all the violence that is spreading too…
Keep scrolling to see his full statement.
It all started with the horrendous incident last Monday.
Passers-by in Minneapolis witnessed and filmed multiple police officers “arresting” George Floyd for an alleged forgery incident.
Even 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.
“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.
“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.”
An ambulance arrives, the paramedics check his pulse and move his body onto a stretcher – he was later pronounced dead in hospital.
And he did not deserve to die.
And a huge amount of backlash has hit the headlines.
And in total, 4 police officers have been fired following George’s death, including Derek Chauvin – the officer using his knee to pin down George – who has been arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
But many feel that even more should be done.
And it has left millions of people both heartbroken and disgusted.
But many are feeling completely hopeless due to the fact that this blatant racism is happening more and more in our country.
And when will police officers who have caused his death be properly convicted for their crimes?
But Minneapolis has been restless for almost an entire week now.
Thousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets on Wednesday to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice.
But it continues to happen as you’ll see in the later video…
As thousands of people took to the streets, the police force became involved when shops started getting broken into and police cars were being attacked.
And when protestors began fighting back, things turned very ugly and the mass brawl continued into the night.
A 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.
And even though the protest was to demand justice for George, so many people were left fearful for their own lives in the chaotic streets of Minneapolis.
“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 this time, he called for the outright arrest of Derek Chauvin – the officer who is responsible for the death of George Floyd.
“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.”
Just because this one time the incident was recorded doesn’t take away from the hundreds of other lives that didn’t make it viral so we could collectively mourn them.
According to KBTX, Quincy Mason Floyd, one of George Floyd’s sons, went to a protest in Texas on Sunday. He said the last time he saw his father was years ago but he is “still touched by the protests.”
“Everyone is coming out and showing him love,” he told the outlet. “My heart is really touched by all this.”
But they also urged people to try and keep the protests peaceful in order to ensure there is no violence.
In Dallas, the police department said seventy-six people were arrested during protests and up to sixty of them are being “processed” to go to jail.
Keep scrolling to see just how far police brutality can go…