The Daily Beast reports:
Thousands of protesters squared off against police here [Minneapolis] late Tuesday, just hours after disturbing footage emerged showing a white police officer kneeling on an unarmed black man’s neck for several minutes before he died.
The white officer in the video has been identified as Derek Chauvin. CBS News Minnesota reports Chauvin is being represented by attorney Tom Kelly, who was the lawyer for St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was acquitted in the shooting death of Philando Castile in nearby St. Paul in 2017.
Although the Minneapolis Police Department was quick to fire Chauvin and three other police officers after the gruesome video came to light and the FBI is investigating the four for possible civil-rights violations, demonstrators expressed outrage not only that such an incident could have occurred but that it seems to have become the norm.
Thousands of people take to the street in Minnesota to protest the police killing of a black man. pic.twitter.com/2K8bUwK7KH
— Don Salmon (@dijoni) May 27, 2020
The FBI and Minnesota law enforcement authorities are investigating the arrest of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned to the ground by an officer’s knee. Hundreds of people gathered in Minneapolis to protest the conduct of the officers. https://t.co/0nhwJHul83
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 27, 2020
THREAD: Tonight’s images of the police response to protests over the murder of #GeorgeFloyd have me thinking about the juxtaposition of two images out of the Midwest in recent weeks: one from Minnesota and one from Michigan. This isn’t random- it’s a deliberate result of history. pic.twitter.com/TEcFEQgTv9
— Barrett Goodwin (@HogwildWarrior) May 27, 2020
Remember when White Suprematist stormed the Michigan capitol with guns, forced them to end their session early, and walked away without any repercussions?
This was Minnesota’s response to #BlackLivesMatter protests.
This is White Privilege in action … pic.twitter.com/Kt7dPZUBgq
— Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) May 27, 2020
"Please, please, I can't breathe."
A man has died after pleading that he could not breathe as a police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest in Minnesota.
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) May 27, 2020
Same country, different responses.
Top photo: right-wing anti-lockdown protest in Lansing, Michigan
Bottom photo: protest against racist police murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota pic.twitter.com/KZnsmWPgMv
— redfish (@redfishstream) May 27, 2020
The video of George Floyd’s last moments is horrific. To treat anyone’s life with such disregard is monstrous. It is also a devastating reminder of other acts of violence against black Americans.
Justice demands an independent, criminal investigation. https://t.co/GqLKbjlzjn
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 27, 2020