“If I'm not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing? ... You all are doing nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back.” George Floyd's brother, Terrence, calls for peaceful protests. “Let’s do this another way.”
Protests following the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded that he couldn't breathe while he was held down with a knee by a former Minneapolis police officer, have spread nationwide. Follow here for the latest updates.
Atlanta mayor: "My family is full of people who look like George Floyd"From CNN’s Mallory SimonAtlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks in Atlanta on May 30. Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/APAtlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms described the video of George Floyd’s death as a “murder,” and said that watching it “broke” her in an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“All the feelings that everybody has, it just — it broke me — and for a moment, it was just watching in disbelief. Like, I know I'm not seeing what I see,” Bottoms said. “And I think for as horrific as it was watching the officer with his knee on his neck, what was more disturbing was watching the other officer not do anything about it.”
The Atlanta mayor said she watched in disbelief as one officer did nothing to help while trying to keep bystanders away.“I kept looking at the other officer’s face, looking to see something, looking to see something in his face that showed he wanted to help or that he had some concerns. But, I just saw emptiness,” Bottoms said. “The only thing he was concerned about was making sure that the bystanders who were pleading for Mr. Floyd's life didn't get any closer to interfere with his murder.”
Bottoms, a former judge and city council member, was sworn in as mayor in 2018 and has quickly emerged as one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. On Friday night, amid a swirl of increasingly tense and occasionally violent scenes, she faced the cameras, her constituents and the country.
During an interview for tomorrow’s episode of Gupta’s podcast, “Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction,” Bottoms said that she didn’t know what she was going to say when she faced cameras, and that she had to re-watch it at home to see what she said. Bottoms said she is trying to strike the right balance of recognizing the movement that is happening while also trying to keep law and order in her city as it experienced riots.
“This has been a really tough balance because I feel helpless. I feel angry. I feel frustrated,” Bottoms said. “But the balance to that, I know that there are men and women who put on a uniform every day who love and care about our community. And they do it for all the right reasons. And that's the vast majority of our police officers in our city at least think they do it with a good heart and with good intentions.”
Bottoms talked about why she feels so passionate and emotional about the struggles of black America, based on her own life experiences.“My family is full of people who look like George Floyd, and my dad went to prison and everything about my life changed in that moment. And everything that I thought was solid and true disappeared in the blink of an eye,” she said. “And I think that's why I have I have so many sensitivities related to our struggle as an African-American community, because I know many of the things that you see play out that some people try and paint as being for lack of trying or whatever — the negative stereotypes you put on us — in each and every day. Our community is full of people who get up and want to do better, and they want to get it right and they don't ever stop trying.”
Bottoms also reinforced that the city needs to remember they are in the middle of a pandemic — one that is impacting the black community in so many ways.“Our communities are sick and they're tired and they're dying. They're dying from Covid-19, they're dying from poverty, they're dying from police brutality,” she said. “I think in the midst of all that going on, we focused on what we can see. But we’ve got to keep top of mind the things that we can’t see that are killing us too.”Read more: CNN »
roman_electra EVOLDiamonds this is what his BROTHER had to say, “George would not have wanted this” A kid on snapchat posted this last week. I don't know him and it was being spread around snapchat. This is awful. Thank you CNN for showing the good things protesters are doing today. Protecting stores , working together and peacefully working to change the system.
These demonstrations it's not just about George floyd, but about realistic MalcolmNance Thank you Terrance. WILL THE RIOTERS LISTEN THIS TIME THOUGH.... Powerful.... Trump's America where police openly flaunt their membership of the KKK ❤️ Your brother would be proud of you! Wow dude being bold rocking the Yankees with brim.
Poor bloke, after losing his brother he shouldn't have to be doing this. I wish he knew that the people responsible for the majority of the damage done in his neighborhood don't look like him. White supremacists/extremists are to blame for the fires, graffiti, etc. Nothing is gonna bring him bk..but let justice be done and we must get justice
George Floyd protests in Minneapolis: 'Don’t go out of your homes,' Gov. warns; highways closedTensions flare for the fourth night as protestors respond to George Floyd's death. Follow along as we track what's happening across the US. Send in the armed forces now. Military should be deployed
Rev. Al: Don't use George Floyd for anything other than justice for George FloydThe Rev. Al Sharpton discusses the violence and looting overshadowing many peaceful protests across the country for George Floyd, and he calls for peaceful protesting over violence. TheRevAl You idiots this isn't about Floyd, it's about 'undocumented shoppers.'🤣👇 TheRevAl It has been used for a reason to steal and destroy property, nothing but opportunistic thugs. TheRevAl George Floyd was a crisis actor. False Flag to sow division.
Crowds in Minneapolis at the spot where George Floyd was arrestedProtests following the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded that he couldn't breathe while he was held down with a knee by a Minneapolis police officer, have spread nationwide. Follow here for the latest updates. HE WAS MURDERED!! NoJusticeNoPeace Yea no, I think you mean murdered. Meanwhile, over 105k people have died from the coronavirus.
George Floyd protest live updates: Demonstrations continue in Minneapolis, NYC, LA, elsewhereAs protests erupt over the death of George Floyd, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says many in his country are watching 'the news out of the United States with shock and with horror.' FAKE BOY.😅🤣😂🤣🧐 There not protesting nothing there just thieves and terrorists Isn’t this the guy who embarrassed Canada when he was in India ? Nobody cares about this guy
Semitrailer speeds into crowd of George Floyd protesters on Minneapolis bridge; injuries unclearA semitrailer sped toward a crowd of people protesting the death of George Floyd on Sunday, video showed, in a harrowing series of events forcing the protesters to run for safety.
Minneapolis Unrest Subsides as Cities Rage Over Death of George FloydMinneapolis had its first night without the widespread unrest that has convulsed it since the death of George Floyd in police custody one week ago, as protests continued in cities across the country. back to work today... Congo health ministry confirms at least 4 new ebola Deaths in city