People are protesting in U.S. cities. They are protesting the death of a man called George Floyd.
George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a store clerk called the police and accused Mr. Floyd of using a fake $20 bill. After Mr. Floyd was handcuffed, a police officer killed him. There didn’t seem to be a good reason for the way the officer treated Mr. Floyd. People were angry when they found out and started protesting. Some protested because they think police in America are abusing their power. Since George Floyd was black and the officer white skinned, many others believe racism was the reason Mr. Floyd was killed. That’s when people don’t like each other just because they have different skin colors.
Derek Chauvin was charged with murder.
Unfortunately, many of the protests turned into riots as people started robbing stores, destroying property and attacking the police. A riot is when a group starts causing violence and destruction in public places.
Protests, Riots, and Antifa
A few days after the rioting began, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz brought in the National Guard to gain control of the riots. Hundreds of people have been arrested for violence, as well as stealing and wrecking property.
The riots quickly spread to over one hundred cities across the country, including Washington D.C., where the White House is.
Remembering George Floyd
Floyd’s uncle, Selwyn Jones, said his nephew “always had a smile on his face. He was always smiling and laughing.” Floyd’s brother, Philonese, asked people to stop the violence, saying, “Everybody has a lot of pain right now, that’s why this is happening, I’m tired of seeing black people dying.”
Floyd’s girlfriend, Courtney Ross, added, “You can’t fight fire with fire. Everything just burns, and I’ve seen it all day – people hate, they’re hating, they’re hating, they’re mad. And he would not want that.”