- "Calgary stepped up and we stepped up well," said Philip Neilson, one of the organizers.
- The football fraternity has not been left out in rallying for justice following the horrible death of George Floyd.
- Peaceful protests persisted across U.S. cities as well.
At least 4,000 people turned up for a Black Lives Matter Vigil in Calgary, at Olympic Plaza. People wore T-shirts that read “Being Black is not a crime,” and they chanted “Black lives matter.” The organizers said that the rally was about humanizing those that have been brutalized as their lives are remembered.
“Just to have all these Caucasians, East Indians, people from different races, Spanish, come together and support Black lives is incredible. Calgary stepped up and we stepped up well,” said Philip Neilson, one of the organizers.
He added that the main of setting up the rally was to let people know that systematic racism is real. “It’s not an American problem, it’s a worldwide issue and we need to all talk about it. Talking about it is the most important thing we can do and it must continue,” he added.
Huge peaceful protests against police brutality and racism continued to grace the cities across the US. Hundreds marched in Washington, DC as security officers barred them from approaching the White House. Many of the protesters carried placards that read “Black Lives Matter,” and gathered peacefully.
Protests were also witnessed in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Fransisco. In Seattle, and other cities nationwide, medical workers joined the protests. Signs read, “You clapped for us. We kneel for you,” and “White Coats for Black Lives.” In Buffalo, two officers who pushed a 75-year-old protester during one of the demonstrations were charged with second-degree assault.
The football fraternity has not been left out in rallying for justice following the horrible death of George Floyd. Bundesliga leaders wore armbands that read “Black Lives Matter,” as the teams have also showed their support for the ongoing protests in US.
Hertha and Borussia Dortmund players took a knee before they started their match. Earlier, Dortmund players warmed up in T-shirts that had the words “no justice, no peace.” Players also opted to take a knee after they scored a goal.
The protests, which began on May 25, the day Floyd was killed, have since spread across US cities, and has been characterized by a lot of violence. The protesters, who chanted “no justice, no peace,” carried placards that said “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.”
In a horrifying video, Chauvin, pinned Floyd down with his knee as he lay on the ground during an arrest. The video footage was taken by a witness and was sent on social media. It showed Floyd helpless, asking the police not to kill him. Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe!”
The officer is then heard telling him to relax he continues to pin him down. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts,” Floyd cries out. “[I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. . . I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.” In the footage witnesses are heard pleading with the police to let go the man but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Floyd’s case is similar to Eric Garner’s, a black man who was unarmed and was killed in 2014 in New York. Garner was placed in a police chokehold, and pleaded for his life. Garner uttered the same phrase as Floyd: “I can’t breathe.” The police officer involved in Garner’s case was fired after the investigations were completed.
All four Minneapolis police officers were fired on May 26, following a video on Floyd’s last moments that went viral. Chauvin, who had Floyd pinned down on his knee, faces second degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The other three— Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao— face the charges of aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.