Interestingly, a pattern also seems to have emerged of police forces targeting journalists, with proper credentials, reporting on the protests as authorities harass and try to arrest them.
The knee-down pose was popularized by National Football League player Colin Kaepernick, who has become a spokesperson for protests in the United States against police violence, especially against minorities of color. In response, many major companies have unapologetically declared their solidarity with our fight and some even pledged dollars to a number of funds to aid our fight for justice.More news: Iran Willing To Continue Fuel Shipments To Venezuela If Asked
Hundreds of people also gathered in central London's Trafalgar Square chanting, "George Floyd, Say His Name".
From Seattle to NY, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding tougher murder charges and more arrests over the death of Floyd, who stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. He was pronounced dead later that day. Floyd passed away on Monday (May 25) following an incident with Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that saw the officer kneeling on Floyd's neck to restrain him.More news: Ontario health sees slight uptick in positive COVID-19 cases
"Please protect the people of Minnesota, just like you sympathize with Hong Kong thugs", Hu tweeted, invoking President Trump's threats to send in the military, warning the "thugs" involved that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts". Local civil rights activists have said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman doesn't have the trust of the black community. "Racial profiling exists in the United Kingdom, and it's existed for the longest time", Mos-Shogbamimu told VOA in an interview Monday. And that's how we're going to hit them, because it's a lot of us.
Some critics, including many British lawmakers, argue the demonstrators were putting lives at risk by not adhering to social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Floyd emphasized that rioting does nothing to bring about criminal justice reform, but only makes matters worse.More news: George Floyd's brother travels to scene where he died in police custody