Photos: How protests have engulfed America since George Floyd's death
George Floyd died in Minneapolis on Monday night, May 25. A white police officer named Derek Chauvin pinned the 46-year-old African American man to the pavement beside a cruiser and—as captured in a widely seen bystander video—kneeled on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Three other officers stood by without intervening, even as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe” and “My neck hurts” and “They’re going to kill me.”
Floyd, suspected of allegedly using a counterfeit banknote, was later pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center. Protests began in Minneapolis on Tuesday and spread throughout America’s major cities by mid-week as the video was shared. As of Monday, June 1, per the New York Times, people had protested police brutality and racism in 140 cities and counting with the national guard called to 21 of them. Over 4,000 arrests were made, according to the AP. Several curfews were imposed over the weekend, with additional city and county announcements Monday.
Stacker monitored major newswires and dug through the Getty Images database from the past week to compile this gallery—a potentially historic timeline in American civil rights.
Floyd’s killing comes six years after 44-year-old African American Eric Garner was put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer in Staten Island. A horrifying video at that time similarly included the victim’s final words: “I can’t breathe.” This year, just two months before Floyd’s death, Louisville Police officers fatally shot 26-year-old African American Breonna Taylor. Less than three weeks prior to Taylor, a former Glynn County (Georgia) Police officer and his son tracked down and murdered Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American jogging in Brunswick.
The last decade has been filled with countless examples of Black people dying at the hands of police—most of whom have, at worst, lost their jobs with no legal repercussions: Philando Castile, Minnesota, 2016 (officer acquitted); Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, 2016 (no charges); 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Cleveland, 2014 (no indictments); Freddie Gray, Baltimore, 2015 (three acquitted, three with dropped charges); and Michael Brown, Ferguson, 2014, (no indictment).
May 26: Minneapolis memorial set up for George Floyd
Flowers, signs, and balloons are left near a makeshift memorial to George Floyd near the spot where he died while in the custody of the Minneapolis police.
May 26: Minneapolis protests begin
Protesters march on Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis while decrying the killing of George Floyd.
May 27: Los Angeles protests
Two people stand on a police vehicle during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Los Angeles.
May 27: Los Angeles protesters hold up their fists
Protesters hold up their fists in front of a row of police officers as protesters gather in downtown Los Angeles.
May 27: Minneapolis daytime marches
Police fire tear gas at protestors in Minneapolis during the second day of protests over the death of George Floyd.
May 27: Minneapolis night protests
People look on as a construction site burns in a large fire near the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis.
May 27: Shopping cart barricade
A protester ducks behind a makeshift barricade outside the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct.
May 28: Minnesota police precinct burns
Protestors stand, fists raised, in front of the burning Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct during the third day of protests over the death of George Floyd.
May 28: National Guard in Minnesota
A member of the National Guard patrols near a burned-out building in Minneapolis.
May 28: New York City daytime rally
Protesters clash with police during a rally against the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Union Square in New York City2018 All rights reserved.