As protests continue across the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death there are calls from the top for the police to be more firm with those that display acts of violence and vandalism.
Many people feel peaceful protests are not noticed and things need to change if a tragedy like George Floyd’s death is to be avoided in the future, while others feel violence is not the answer.
In Minneapolis where the horrific incident took place, police officers are captured acting in solidarity with peaceful protesters.
The officers from St. Paul Police and State Patrol officers were seen joining the protesters in a symbolic kneel outside the Governor’s Mansion.
Those who had gathered along Summit Avenue, which was closed to accommodate the protest, kneeled down together, symbolizing the actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derrick Chauvin who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd before he was pronounced dead.
More than 2,000 people joined the protest, according to police.
Derrick Chauvin was fired along with the three other officers at the scene. After video emerged of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes he was arrested and faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
The three other officers at the scene were charged with aiding and abetting murder, as reported by NBC News.
Some good has to come out of this tragedy and change must come. I’m glad officers kneeled with protesters to show their respect. Black Lives Matter.
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