Protests for George Floyd escalate in Portland prior to curfew (VIDEOS)

May 31 2020, 6:36 pm

Rebellion, protests, and marches are taking place all over the United States in the wake of the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd at the hands of the police.

For the second night in a row, Oregonians took to the streets in a peaceful demonstration, and many stood up against Portland Mayor’s declaration of emergency, which instated a curfew in the city beginning at 8 pm on Saturday and lifting at 6 am Sunday.

Unfortunately, another night of protests turned violent and unsafe as people clashed with police and one another.

Some are even taking to social media to promote the raising of funds for bail money or offer pro Bono, legal counsel.

Floyd’s death has reignited the conversation around racism in the United States and sparked protests across the country against police violence on Black Americans.

In a graphic video posted to social media on May 25, Floyd was heard repeatedly saying that he cannot breathe while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held him down with a knee on his neck.

According to an official police statement, Minneapolis police responded to a 911 call reporting a forgery in progress. The officers arrived and located a suspect in a vehicle. They reportedly ordered the suspect out of the vehicle, who then physically resisted the officers.

The officers claim to have handcuffed the suspect and restrained him on the ground while an ambulance was called. He was then transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

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