George Perry Floyd Jr. Born on October 14, 1973 was an African-American man who was murdered by police during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
George pleaded for his life before his horrific death many time calling out "I can't breathe..." "I can't breathe."
Protests took place across the world in response to George Floyd's death, and to police violence against black people, anguish of the manner George died quickly spread across the United States within hours via social media AND right across the world in no time.
George was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money to buy cigarettes. Derek Chauvin, a police officer knelt on George Floyd neck for 9 minutes, 46 seconds while he was handcuffed face down in the road, while 2 other officer also participated an held him down by his leg while another simply watched on and did nothing to intervene other than to attempt to block the filming of the murder.
Derek Chauvin knelt a human’s neck for eight minutes 46 seconds without even flinching until George Floyd life ebbed away and was extinguished.
Moving images with sound of the murder soon went and the whole world watched a video of a deliberate murder of a black man without any concern at all by the perpetrator, a white police officer.
The actions of the officers led to international outcry and many Black Lives Matter collectives grouped to protests with a union of allies that included all people from many nations, all colours.
Billions of people were mortified, traumatised witnessing a modern day lynching of a black man right before their eyes the difference with this murder of a black man at the hands of a white racist police officer could not be denied like so many had before and gone untried.