George Floyd was a 46 year old Black American citizen who was killed by Derek Chauvin in Minnesota after being suspected for passing a counterfeit $20 bill. His death shown in a viral video recorded by Darnella Frazier, a 17 year old girl is one of the key players in what one would call a continued fight against racism.
A timeline of events
Below is a detailed timeline of events concerning the movement to get justice for George Floyd and the victims of the poor justice system in America.
May 25 2020, 8pm:
- Minneapolis, George Floyd struggles for his life as Officer Derek Chauvin kneels on his neck after the former is suspected for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a local Cup Foods. He later dies in police custody.
May 26 2020:
- The first night of the protests. Protesters gather at the Third Precinct and the site of the arrest in Minneapolis.
- The responding officers are fired. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump announces he is representing Floyd’s family and “will seek justice.”
May 27 2020:
- The protests spread to other cities in USA such as Memphis and Los Angeles. In Minneapolis, what started out as peaceful protests turns violent as police resort to tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.
May 28 2020:
- The Minnesota governor, Tim Walz signs an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard.
May 29 2020:
- Officer Derek Chauvin is arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.
May 31 2020:
- The prosecution of the case changes as Tim Walz announces that the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, take over the prosecutions from the county prosecutor.
- Thousands protest peacefully across the country but some acts of violence break out with run ins from the police.
June 1 2020:
- George Floyd’s autopsy results determine that his death was a homicide caused by asphyxia “due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain. The result is contradictory to the official autopsy from Hennepin County, which declared the death a homicide caused by a cardiopulmonary arrest.
- Multiple fires are set near the White House as protests escalate after curfew.
- President Trump is briefly moved to bunker as things escalate near The White House.
June 2 2020
- Civil rights charge filed against Minneapolis police by Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights related to Floyd’s death and an investigation is launched into the Minneapolis Police Department.
- The investigation will examine the “policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years” to determine if the police department “has engaged in systemic discriminatory practices towards people of color and ensure any such practices are stopped,” a statement said.
- African leaders speak out on the racial injustice and violence in USA.
- Black Lives Matter protests start in Kenya, Nigeria
- Social media hashtag (BlackOutTuesday) created as people post black squares on their instagram accounts. It currently stands at 28 million plus posts.
June 3 2020
· All 4 officers are now charged in Floyd’s death. The other three officers involved in the incident are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter, both felonies, court records show.
· Chauvin also received an additional second-degree murder charge, a felony, according to court records.
· Protests start in France, Finland, Ireland, Syria and Netherlands.
June 4 2020
- Memorial service for George Floyd is held in Minneapolis.
- Protesters sing Lean on Me near the White House as military police stand by.
- Protests start in South Africa and England.