As protests against the brutal killing of George Floyd continue to rage up and down the nation, new footage has surfaced showing the cops that allegedly took part in the incident and it showed some disturbing details...
Keep scrolling to see it, but we must warn you, it's pretty graphic content.
We need to start from the beginning because this is important.On Monday, May 25th, a defenseless and unarmed 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...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."
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
George died unlawfully at the hands of these officers.The independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
This kind of unjust police brutality towards black men and women has been happening for centuries now...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Things were quick to turn violent.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.
It is a truly terrifying time.But change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.
Everyone is talking about it.
I love seeing my instagram timeline. #BlackOutTuesday https://t.co/M5fv9Rm5RT— Coral (@Coral)1591104295.0
Yet, despite the global attention George's death has gained, justice is yet to be served.In the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved - Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - to face criminal charges for their actions.
The day after George's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired.But there was still no sign of any criminal charges then.
Steadily, the anger began to build...
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
The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, even called for the officers' arrest.“Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?" Frey asked during a 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."
The general mood of the public was overwhelming:
@AttorneyCrump Something is wrong with white cops,they just murder black men like it's hunting season.— Blessed24/7 (@Blessed24/7)1590503025.0
However, 4 days after George's death, some justice was served.Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was finally arrested. But he now has an updated mugshot after his hearing yesterday.
Chauvin was taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.His bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
But Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
BREAKING: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the first to publicly confirm Attorney General Keith Ellison's plan to file an… https://t.co/rl2qDJ6Tel— Theo Keith (@Theo Keith)1591207480.0
But what about 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.
And a new video posted by Ruptly just proves how destructive their actions were.New footage shows Tou Thao completely dismissing bystanders as they beg the officers to get off of George Floyd.
The footage was released by Attorney Ben Crump, who warns that it is graphic.You can clearly see people asking Thao to do something about the knee on his neck but rather than turning and checking the situation, he ushers the crowd away. It fully provides evidence for the faults in our law enforcement systems.
Here's the video:It's a heartbreaking watch.
All 4 mugshots have been released...
jUST IN: Mugshots released of all 4 officers charged in George Floyd’s death https://t.co/VG0F66QMuk— WNCT (@WNCT)1591235062.0