Police kill an African American and is termed as racism.
Black Lives Matter

George Perry Floyd Jr. (October 14, 1973 - May 25, 2020) was an African-American man who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Protests in response to both Floyd's death, and more broadly to police violence against other black people, quickly spread across the United States and internationally.

Floyd grew up in Houston, Texas. I have excelled in football and played other sports throughout high school and college. Called "Perry" by his friends and family, Floyd was characterized by people who knew him as a "gentle giant." A blue-collar worker, Floyd was also an early contributor to the development of Houston's hip-hop scene and a mentor who was active in his religious community. Later, I have faced several arrests for theft and drug possession; in 2009, I made a plea deal for an armed robbery, serving four years in prison.

In 2014, I moved to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, finding work both as a truck driver and a bouncer. In 2020, I lost his security job because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I died after being arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money to buy cigarettes; during the arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck and back for eight minutes and 46 seconds, leading to his death. Events of his arrest, death, and the actions of the officers have led to international Black Lives Matter protests, calls for police reform, and legislation to address perceived racial inequalities. In my opinion, justice must be done but not as many people are doing destroying shops and other things, this event has caused many bad things to happen and this was not really right because it does not matter our color or where we come from, we are all the same.

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Created on 2020-06-11 at 16:06 and last updated on 2020-06-11 at 16:19.