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I can't breathe trigger immediate protest in NYC

Updated: Sep 1

The death of Geroge Floyd and the following protest.

On May 25th, 2020, an Africa-American Geroge Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police Derek Michael Chauvin, and his last words were, “I can’t breathe.”

According to the bodycam video, four policemen were going to arrest him because someone reported Floyd used a “Fake bill” at the nearby market.

Chauvin put pressure on Floyd’s neck when Floyd cried that he could not breathe for about 16 minutes, Chauvin just chose to ignore it and continued staying on his neck and said he did not care as a response until more and more people came around and tried to stop him. Unfortunately, when he was loaded in the ambulance arrived, Floyd was already motionless.



As a result, all four officers in the incident have been fired. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

Lane, Kueng, and Tou Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

According to the bodycam video, Floyd was actively resisting and acting erratic” during the incident and also noted Floyd’s “request” to be put on the ground, but that was not an excuse polices to kill people. “I can’t breathe” had become a rallying cry of protesters decrying racism in policing who come to the street. For example, on May 29th, there are thousand fed-up New Yorkers came to Brooklyn Street to protest police brutality, but should this use violence during the protest by any excuse? Now it is the pandemic, will the protest cost a big infection for the COVID-19 because even the polices did not wear the masks. We will make a further follow-up on the progress of the event.


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