On May 25 George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), according to The Washington Post.
Floyd was leaving Cup Foods in downtown Minneapolis where he was accused of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. It was then that Chauvin was called to the scene and used his knee to kneel on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to The Washington Post.
Chauvin and Floyd both worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo nightclub. Maya Santamaria, the club’s owner, said that the two would have “crossed paths,” according to CNN.
On May 29 Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder in the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, according to the Star Tribune.
Since Floyd’s murder, ongoing protests and riots have broken out across the nation in cities such as Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and Atlanta. Mayors have issued curfews in some cities urging protesters to return home at certain times.
In Minneapolis, a Target store on Lake Street was targeted by protestors as well as many other buildings in the area, according to The New York Times.
Officials in Minneapolis claim that 80 percent of those they have arrested are from out of state groups that have incited violence by looting, destroying and burning down property, according to The New York Times. Local Minnesota station, KARE, found that their data did align with what officials had said. They found that 86 percent of those arrested used a Minnesota address.
All the officers at the scene of Floyd’s murder have been fired and the three other officers are under investigation, according to The New York Times.
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