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.
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Unfortunately, another night of protests turned violent and unsafe as people clashed with police and one another.
— Jønathan™🦑 (@J_Overstreet14) May 31, 2020
(1/2) Okay, I need to comment on the #portlandprotest . I live in Portland, the protest was 100% peaceful, there was no destruction or vandalism going on. There was a curfew tonight, the curfew still didn’t take effect for another 45 minutes. The Police came BARGING in with tear
— AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem (@AestheticGamer1) May 31, 2020
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— Shazaraelei 🧢🌺💡🦄 🤠 (@shazaraelei) May 31, 2020
— Heidi Hastings (@heidi_hastings) May 31, 2020
I can’t stress this enough the cops initiated the violence, they then through smoke bombs towards me and the news crew I was standing near. #GeorgeFloydprotest #portlandprotest pic.twitter.com/v37gWXD8ge
— Max (@cookingaccident) May 31, 2020
— Warren K (@Warbaidz) May 31, 2020
— zoe 🤍 (@zoetaylo_r) May 30, 2020
How big is the crowd? Here’s 1 min of people walking past with no end in sight pic.twitter.com/c749zKwr8G
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) May 30, 2020
— Deborah 💔 (@debbiedoo131) May 31, 2020
Some are even taking to social media to promote the raising of funds for bail money or offer pro Bono, legal counsel.
— mig (@Beastmode_36089) May 31, 2020
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.
Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.