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  1 month ago

Thousands of protests against police brutality in the U.S.

Another case of police brutality has resparked racial tensions in the United States. Last Monday, Minnesota police arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill in a supermarket. As shown by several images captured by a security camera, one of the agents knelt on Floyd's neck for eight minutes, while the victim called for help and repeatedly shouted that he could not breathe.

Some of the passers-by even asked the police officers to let him go, as it was clear that he was suffering. They also recorded some videos that were quickly distributed on the Internet. However, until the ambulance arrived, they did not stop. Unfortunately, health workers could only certify his death.

This has again triggered a wave of protests throughout the country: thousands of people with T-shirts and signs saying "I can't breathe," "Justice for George," or "It could have been me," took to the streets of different U.S. cities on Tuesday to protest the death of George Floyd and demand justice. The night in Minneapolis was a time of great tension and the police ended up using tear gas to disperse the protesters.

The exact cause of Floyd's death has not yet been made public, but according to the authorities' statement, he died after a "medical incident during a police intervention.” In addition, both the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI are investigating what happened, while, according to the city's mayor, Jacob Frey, the four agents involved in the arrest have been fired.

In addition to the protests in the streets, the death of the 46-year-old African-American has sparked a new wave of outrage among many celebrities such as Ava DuVernay, Demi Lovato, Naomi Campbell or Lebron James.

What do you think of this news? Do you think this is a case of discrimination? Is it enough to fire those involved?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team


  1 month ago
why are people calling the cop a racist ? how do you know that ? of course, if the guy was white, then it would be 'the guy has mental health issues, the cop is killing a vulnerable adult ....' we don't know this was racist. it was murder, or at least manslaughter.


  1 month ago
'sadly the american police are clearly racist' is a phrase i keep hearing/reading. anyone watched the rioting as a result of the death of this guy. black people trashing shops, stealing, throwing whatever they can find at police and innocent bystanders. yet the police are racist apparently. am i the only one that can see the link here. sorry, but black people are doing themselves more harm than good by rioting, and then they wonder why they get hassled by the police.


  1 month ago
This method is not only used across the pond, it is used in this country too, I've seen it with my own eyes, after a brawl in town, one bystander refused to obey the police and leave the area, after telling him several time to leave, they warned him they would arrest him but he ignored them, so they grabbed him, brought him to the ground and 1 officer held him with their knee by the neck on the ground, however the officer had 2 fingers on his pulse checking he was ok and he was arrested and put in the Police van that arrived.


  1 month ago
Sadly, the American police are clearly racist ~ this incident is not the first to make the news ~ clearly the States has a problem that needs to be sorted !


  1 month ago
This is beyond shocking. The footage clearly shows the poor man didn't resist arrest. He was totally calm and compliant with the cops. The look of blank detachment on the face of the one who knelt on his neck for several long minutes is utterly chilling. He might have been weeding a garden border, rather than crushing the last breaths out of a fellow human being.


  1 month ago
Wrong sort becoming police officers now


  1 month ago
I think this is murder ,you could see clearly the man was in such distress ,and i even heard the police officer say at one point "so you think your a big man ,not so much now" racist and murder charges should be brought against this officer


  1 month ago
I think it was blatant racism and murder. Using an alleged fake note is hardly a violent crime requiring restraint. I cannot imagine in the UK , the Police even bothering with handcuffs in such a situation. This appears to me another example of Power and Control being exhibited. The officers involved should be charged with murder, if a brief investigation proves the video footage to be true and accurate.


  1 month ago
What happened was terrible.
The knee on the neck is used to keep someone deemed dangerous immobilised. I don't know why, but they did not manage to cuff him so used this alternate control method. It is an authorised procedure but history shows it has caused issues in the past.
The sacking of the officers is just step one. Further action is going to be hindered somewhat by the looting, violence and protesting that is taking place.


  1 month ago
That was shocking and they need severe punishment for such behaviour.
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