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Fighting for Justice

George Floyd

On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a peace activist and respected community leader, was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police using unnecessary deadly force.

In Minneapolis on business, far from his community and family, four officers had him dragged from his car and pinned to the ground with an officer’s knee his neck. He was not armed and not violent. In effect, modern-day lynching.

Video evidence shows Derek Chauvin using a deadly chokehold, as Floyd says he can’t breathe. The words I can’t breathe, unfortunately, became his last.

Only one of the four officers, Derek Chauvin, received any sentencing for the murder, with Chauvin’s charge being only for third-degree murder. The remaining officers have yet to be tried and charged for the murder.

[Update | 3 June 2020]: All 4 cops have now been arrested. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng are all facing charges for aiding and abetting second-degree murder charges, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. According to Attorney General Keith Ellison, Derek Chauvin’s charges will now also be charged with second-degree murder. Regardless of the cops getting arrested, the fight is far from over. Many lives have been taken by the same institution that killed George Floyd and many, many others. Justice, equity, and eqiality have yet to be achieved. We need to keep fighting, and keep pushing for change!

Many people across America are asking for your help.

Black Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martins murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

(Excerpt from https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/)

How to Help

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