This is what protests against racism and police violence looked like across the U.S. on Thursday night
Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer seen on video using his knee to pin down George Floyd , a black man who later died, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.
“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” Mr. Obama said, adding,“It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station, to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”
Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, rebuked President Trump for his response to the protests in Minneapolis.“This is no time for incendiary tweets,” Mr. Biden said in a brief speech delivered via livestream. “It’s no time to encourage violence. This is a national crisis, and we need real leadership right now. Leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism.” He did not mention Mr. Trump by name.
Describing the United States as “a country with an open wound,” Mr. Biden called for “real police reform” so that “bad cops” are held accountable.Mr. Biden said he had just spoken with members of Mr. Floyd’s family, and he addressed them as he concluded his speech. “I promise you, I promise you, we’ll do everything in our power to see to it that justice is had in your brother, your cousin’s case,” he said.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, who has risen on the national political stage for his coronavirus response, spoke up in defense of the protesters in Minnesota.“I stand figuratively with the protesters,” he saidon Friday. “I stand against the arson and the burglary and the criminality and I think all well-meaning Americans stand with the protesters. Enough is enough.”
Mr. Floyd’s family had wanted a more severe charge of first-degree murder.ImageProtesters near the home of Derek Chauvin on Thursday, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after detaining Mr. Floyd.Credit...Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times
Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing Mr. Floyd’s family, released a statement on Friday calling the arrest of Mr. Chauvin “a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice.” But he said the charges did not go far enough.“We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested,” said the statement, which was attributed to Mr. Floyd’s family and to Mr. Crump.
“The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto streets across America,” the statement said.Mr. Crump and the family said they want Minneapolis — and other cities across the country — to fix deficiencies in policies and training that they said permitted Mr. Floyd’s death and others like it.
Among the areas they said they want addressed are the use of appropriate, nonlethal restraint techniques, the ability to recognize the medical signs associated with the restriction of airflow, and the legal duty to seek emergency medical care and stop a civil rights violation.
“For four officers to inflict this kind of unnecessary, lethal force — or watch it happen — despite outcry from witnesses who were recording the violence — demonstrates a breakdown in training and policy by the city,” the statement said. “We fully expect to see the other officers who did nothing to protect the life of George Floyd to be arrested and charged soon.”
Mr. Floyd’s family is being forced “to explain to his children why their father was executed by police on video,” they said.A CNN crew covering the protests was arrested on live television.ImagePolice formed a perimeter around an area that sustained damage during protests in Minneapolis on Friday.
Credit...Tim Gruber for The New York TimesAearly Friday while covering the protests in Minneapolis, an extraordinary interference with freedom of the press that drew outrage from First Amendment advocates and anapology from Minnesota’s governor.The CNN crew, led by the correspondent Omar Jimenez, was released by the police after spending about an hour in custody. In the moments before the 5 a.m. arrest, Mr. Jimenez could be heard identifying himself as a reporter and offering to move to wherever he and his team were directed.
“Put us back where you want us, we are getting out of your way, just let us know,” Mr. Jimenez told the police officers, who were outfitted in riot gear, as the network broadcast the exchange live.Instead, he and his team — Bill Kirkos, a producer, and Leonel Mendez, a camera operator — had their hands bound behind their backs. Their camera was placed on the ground, still rolling; CNN anchors watching from New York sounded stunned as they reported on their colleagues’ arrests.
Lawyers at CNN reached out to the Minnesota authorities, and the network’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, spoke briefly on Friday morning with the state’s governor, Tim Walz.Mr. Walz told Mr. Zucker that the arrest was “inadvertent” and “unacceptable,” according to CNN’s account of the call. By about 6:30 a.m. local time, the crew had been released and was back on television.
“Everyone, to their credit, was pretty cordial,” Mr. Jimenez said of his interaction with the police officers after his arrest. “As far as the people that were leading me away, there was no animosity there. They weren’t violent with me. We were having a conversation about just how crazy this week has been for every single part of the city.”
The network had noted in a poston Twitter: “A black reporter from CNN was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis. A white reporter also on the ground was not.”Josh Campbell, a CNN correspondent who was also reporting from Minneapolis, said, “There’s a level of heavy-handedness that we’re not used to.”
Amid unrest elsewhere, the Kentucky governor tied Louisville protests to slavery’s legacy.ImageA demonstration protesting the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., escalated on Thursday night, and seven people were shot. The police said it was too early to determine who did the shooting.
Credit...WDRB.comAfter gunfire broke out at a protest in Louisville, Ky. amid escalating tensions over the fatal shooting of a black woman by three white police officers several weeks ago, Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky said on Friday that the protests
reflected a city still affected by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.He also said that the protesters’ anger underscored distress over the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately affected black people.Seven people were shot during demonstrations in Louisville on Thursday night as they protested the killing of the woman, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician. She was shot in her home in March during a narcotics investigation. The F.B.I. has said it is investigating the shooting.
“What we have seen is a response to a very concerning shooting of an E.M.T., a young woman who worked to save the lives of others here in Kentucky,” Mr. Beshear said on CNN.Hundreds of demonstrators made their way through the city throughout Thursday evening. Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department, said the gathering began peacefully but escalated to involve assaults on officers and property damage.
Videos posted on social media appeared to show shots being fired while demonstrators surrounded a police vehicle. It was too early to determine who was responsible, the Louisville Metro Police Department said. Mr. Beshear said the protests began as a demonstration to honor Ms. Taylor and demand justice for her.
“Some other folks, very late, more than three hours in, came in and ultimately instigated and caused some actions and turned it into something that it should not have been,” he told CNN.Mr. Beshear read a statement from Ms. Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, that called on protesters to keep demanding justice but to do it peacefully.
“‘Breonna devoted her own life to saving other lives, to helping others, to making people smile and to bringing people together,’” he read. “‘The last thing she’d want right now is any more violence.’”Hours before the protests started in Louisville, Mr. Beshear said the fatal shooting of Ms. Taylor pointed to flaws in the “no-knock warrant” system that the police used to enter her home.
Authorities had initially charged Kenneth Walker, Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, with attempted murder for shooting a police officer in the leg during the intrusion. Mr. Walker told investigators that he did not hear police announce themselves and was terrified when the door was knocked down.
On Friday, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, saidthat the police officers involved in George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis “look pretty darn guilty,” calling the incident “a hideous crime.”But Mr. McConnell, a Louisville resident, condemned protests in his hometown and across the country, telling reporters
that violence was “not helpful.”“I think what’s happening in Louisville and in Minneapolis really needs to stop,” Mr. McConnell said.“This senseless violence and reaction to this is not helpful. But you can certainly understand the outrage.”Many police departments have sought to ban the use of neck restraints.Read more: The New York Times »
I am positive that, change would come one day where a black or brown would be treated as white person. People need just to continuing requesting their rights. This come from how this country was built. Time would come. He wasn’t the only one on Mr Floyd they all were crushing him! 怎么能不能呼吸呢，我从小就被告知美国自由民主的空气到处都是
Amadioha will strike his entire generation Another angle we need to deal with all over the world. Filing an exaggerated or under-reporting an incidence. This is sad,Like Tupac said,Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he's a hero. Noelle_CD what they need to know is... This murderer should be charged more! RAISETHEDEGREE BlackLivesMatter GeorgeFloydWasMurdered (
Cruel, animalistic behavior!!! Murder in the first degree. ❌STOP OLD WHITE MEN CONTROLLING OUR LIVES - they are sooo out of touch with reality ! I’m an old white woman and I’m scared for my kids !! This world is a disaster ! ❌BorisJohnson realDonaldTrump Telegraph DailyMirror borisvoteofnoconfidence BlackLivesMatter
We all witnessed it. 1st degree? RaiseTheDegree for Chauvin and arrest and charge the other officers as accomplices. 3rd degree murder is like saying..'we're gonna let you get away with murder ' 3rd degree manslaughter deal indicates DA had deal in the making. This is 'no intent to murder' Coroner says he died from heart NOT knee to the neck. Corruption already.
If what is happening in USA today, was happening in a country consider as an enemy by US there would be calls for the regime to step down and mainstream media would be siding with the protesters and interview them to ask details about the repression. BlackLivesMatter Trump Chauvin committed murder and should pay. Police brutality against animals and people has become a national problem. We must change our psych profiling and hiring policies for cops and eradicate the Blue Line philosophy. We must hire public servants not power hungry bullies!
How can Derek afford the condo for a winter vaca in Windemere on a on a police mans' pay? Death penalty is the best punishment! michikokakutani Sadistic. One less problem maker. Hopefully the rest of the problem makers like Floyd will realize to stop causing trouble and doing illegal things We will talking about this entire situation in our latest episode. Anyone is free to give their opinions. Just shoot us a DM for more details.
You won't have peace until you have justice 2:53? Dear God this sure sounds intentional now. How is it 3rd degree? These four murderers deserve nothing less than life in prison! They arrested him and then charged him with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter. BURN THE CITY DOWN And when the broken hearted people Living in the world agree There will be an answer, let it be For though they may be parted There is still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it be I've lit a candle in memory of Mr. Floyd. Peace to his family and friends.
seungminkim During that time how long did the defendant have his hands in his pockets . Fk the 🐖 Deliberate, not accidental. The accused almost surely had intent. MinneapolisPD FBI world BBCWorld BBCRosAtkins CBSNews NewsHour NPR euronews WSJ FT NewYorker VanityFair NBCNews ABC TrumpsAmerica
It’s striking how casual the cop is with his hand in his pocket and looking away. Cruel. Heartless to a dying man’s pleas for his life. Shameful. Send derek chauvin to guantanamo jail and let him feel pain and suffer in jail.he deserve for this pain JusticeForGeorgeFloyd BlackLivesMatters Read the full complaint:
We/you need M. L. King😔😔😔 Why are you not covering this? He was apparently ID'd as a member of the Police... Liberate US! Free US! Hope US governors can stand with protestors, just as they stand with HK protestors Nothing advances justice more than looting, burning buildings and assaulting bystanders. Good job guys!
Yay - so brave! Whose fingerprints are on the fake $? These guys used to work together. What did Floyd know? Was this a setup? I see cops keeping citizens back, while one repositions his knee and presses on even after Floyd is out. This is NOT manslaughter. This is premeditated murder by 4 cops!
George Floyd Updates: Former Minneapolis Officer Is in CustodyBreaking News: Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd ’s neck while Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe, is in custody. Charges haven't yet been announced. We see the resultsof economic inequality everyday in anger bitter divisions between working poor over what they see as limited resources in a $20 trillion economy controlled by a few billionaires. A basic income essential to unifying society calming tensions This is not enough. What about the 3 officers who watched him murdered Floyd’s? JusticeForGeorgeFlyod What dies the headline leave out the fact that Mr. Floyd was killed?
George Floyd Updates: Former Minneapolis Officer Is Charged With MurderBreaking News: Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The former Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into George Floyd ’s neck for about 8 minutes while Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Eight minutes is a long time. What was everybody else on the scene doing for eight minutes while this was happening? Horrible. 3 more to go. stop stalling you know damn well all 4 of those 'men' are guilty When will the others be charged?
Live updates: George Floyd protests spread nationwideProtests 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 Minneapois police officer, have spread nationwide. Follow here for the latest updates. Arrest them already. Video proof. 10 minutes of murder and 3 accomplices. How are you going to respond to the fact that the police would not tell them why they were being arrested after several requests from several arrestees? You have essentially participated in a police state arrest of the media. This governor is such a pansy trying to plead with the looters and property destroyers. Jus bring out the billy clubs and fire hoses. That will end these violent riots real quick and make these people think twice before they want to burn down the next community.
George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis: Live UpdatesLaw enforcement officers across the U.S. have begun to speak out on social media about the death of George Floyd , with many condemning the Minneapolis officers involved. well any of them applauding it need to be fired. Now ask them off the record, identities undisclosed. Would the consensus stay the same? Good for them - the 'good' cops need to stand against this disgusting behavior and throw 'bad' cops under the bus as needed! This culture needs a change!
George Floyd Minnesota protest updates: Governor activates National GuardThe police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd 's neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city. Just out of perspective, because I don’t know, how many complaints does an average police officer receive each year? 18 complaints? 18 opportunities to save George Floyd's life. 18 is a lot of complaints. The person who dealt with these complaints needs to explain why the 19th ended in murder.
George Floyd Minnesota protests updates: No charges announced as officials ask for 'patience'The Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd's death a 'top priority,' Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference. Let’s here the whole truth. So if you don’t get you way it’s ok to trash a city... To the FBI: I say BS. The video of the murder is more than needed to warrant arrests. Your just wasting time to fraudulently placate & blow smoke up the Minneapolis community. Trump & Barr ordered you to bury it! Get these thugs of the streets even as civilian This was the second rather obvious misstep by the authorities in the wake of the killing. They know it and so do we. However violence protest is less effective than persistent, unrelenting civil disobedience. Don’t squander this opportunity. minneapolisriots GeorgeFloyd