George Floyd protests
The George Floyd protests were a series of police brutality protests that began in Minneapolis in the United States on May 26, 2020. The protests began as part of international responses to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed during an arrest. Polls in summer 2020 estimated that between 15 million and 26 million people had participated at some point in the demonstrations. Protests continued until early November.
About George Floyd protests in brief
The George Floyd protests were a series of police brutality protests that began in Minneapolis in the United States on May 26, 2020. The protests began as part of international responses to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed during an arrest. Polls in summer 2020 estimated that between 15 million and 26 million people had participated at some point in the demonstrations. Protests continued until early November. While the majority of protests have been peaceful, demonstrations in some cities escalated into riots, looting, and street skirmishes with police and counter-protesters. At least 200 cities in the U.S. had imposed curfews by early June, while more than 30 states and Washington, D. C. activated over 62,000 National Guard personnel due to the mass unrest. By the end of June, at least 14,000 people had been arrested. It was later estimated that 93% of individual protests were \”peaceful and nondestructive\” and The Washington Post estimated that 96. 3% of 7,305 demonstrations involved no injuries and no property damage. The largest post-civil rights movement protest in the 20th Century was the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which were in response to the acquittal of police officers responsible for excessive force against Rodney King. Several nationally publicized incidents occurred in Minnesota, including the 2015 shooting of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis; the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights; and the 2017 shooting of Justine Damond. In 2016, Tony Timpa was killed by Dallas police officers in the same way as George Floyd.
In March 2020, the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by police executing a search at her Kentucky apartment was also widely publicized. Measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic, including closure of non-essential businesses and implementation of stay-at-home orders, had significant economic and social impact on many Americans as a result of the pandemic. Many protests during the civil rights movement were a response to police brutality, including the 1965 Watts riots which resulted in the deaths of 34 people, mostly African Americans. In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri resulted in local protests and unrest. The death of Eric Garner in New York City resulted in numerous national protests. After Eric Garner and George Floyd repeatedly said \”I can’t breathe\” during their arrests, the phrase became a protest slogan against police brutality. The protests led to numerous legislative proposals on federal, state, and municipal levels intended to combat police misconduct, systemic racism, qualified immunity and police brutality in theUnited States, while the Trump administration has drawn widespread criticism for what critics called its hardline rhetoric and aggressive, militarized response. In 2015 the. death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody resulted in riots in the city and nationwide protests aspart of the Black Lives Matter movement. Several nationally. publicized incidents in Minnesota,. including the 2013 shooting ofJamar Clark.