George Floyd — Massive Protests Continue, Journalists Arrested, Assaulted

  • The National Guard has been dispatched to twelve states, as well as in the District of Columbia,
  • In Minneapolis, the city from where it all began, a scuffle ensued as riot police officers confronted and clashed with angry protesters.
  • Dozens of journalists have accused the police of deliberately targeting them while doing their job on the street.

The murder of George Floyd, an African American, has led to massive protests across the United States, which are seemingly multiplying day by day. The murder, which took place in Minneapolis, has triggered chain reactions in dozens of states, leading to the imposition of curfew in at least 25 US cities.

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

The National Guard has been dispatched to twelve states, as well as in the District of Columbia, and along the perimeter of the heavily armored White House. In Indianapolis, a man died, and the number of victims has risen to three since the beginning of the riots. Almost 1,400 people have been arrested in 17 US cities.

In mourning Floyd, the US president Donald Trump described his death as a great tragedy, saying that it had thrown the whole nation into horror, anger, and pain. He has requested the FBI to carry out investigations.

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd. I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

On his part, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the violence of the protests that broke out. He stressed, however, that Americans have the right to demonstrate.

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”

Biden continued, “we are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.”

The George Floyd protests, and riots, are an ongoing series of violent uprisings in the United States that initially started in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota before spreading nationwide. As of May 31, there were simultaneous protests in over 100 other cities in the United States and internationally supporting those seeking justice for Floyd as well as speaking out against excessive police brutality.

In Minneapolis, the city from where it all began, a scuffle ensued as riot police officers confronted and clashed with angry protesters.

In FergusonMissouri— the city where Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot dead by a white police officer in 2014— the police department building was damaged and evacuated after fireworks, bricks, stones, and bottles were thrown at the officers.

In JacksonvilleFlorida, a policeman was injured in the neck, and is currently in the hospital, while other officers were attacked during the protests with stones and bricks. Several people were arrested.

Attacks on Journalists 

Dozens of journalists have accused the police of deliberately targeting them while doing their job on the street. Over the course of the protests, journalists have been arrested, pepper sprayed, beaten, and shot with rubber bullets at point-blank range. Demonstrators aren’t treating them any better.

Among them is a Fox News troupe, which was targeted by a group of demonstrators. They surrounded reporter Leland Vittert while he was live and chased him as he walked away with his crew. Demonstrators punched them and threw objects.

Tensions and clashes with the police were also witnessed in New York, where many took to the streets in organized marches in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, and near the Trump Tower. Demonstrators occupied streets, blocked traffic, and targeted police cars with graffiti. 

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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