Teen Vogue, May 31, 2020
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Protests demanding justice for the death of George Floyd have spread nationwide. This week, a new wave of a movement kicked off in Minneapolis, the city where Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. Now, protests have spread to cities throughout the U.S., including Denver, Atlanta, New York City, Louisville, and more.
On Friday, May 29, Derek Chauvin, the officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. According to CBS News, Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump called the arrest “a step on the road to justice,” noting that more needs to be done. “Now the officers who stood by and did NOTHING to save George need to be arrested and charged as well,” Crump said, per CBS.
Protesters are also seeking further justice, and have taken to the streets throughout the week to express their outrage and exhaustion stemming from systemic racism and police brutality. At many gatherings, there’s been a heavy police presence, including the involvement of the National Guard in Minneapolis, and hundreds of protesters have been arrested throughout the country.