Protests across America after George Floyd’s death


Protesters have continued to rally since the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a police officer pinned him — unarmed and handcuffed — to the ground.

Anger poured through communities across the country as video of Floyd’s last moments began circulating. Floyd was pleading for help as he was pinned down, saying he couldn’t breathe.

After more than a week of protests, the officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck now faces a charge of second-degree murder, an upgrade from his previous charge. The other three officers on the scene were not initially charged but are now being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

The incident recalls the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who uttered the words “I can’t breathe” while in an officer’s chokehold in New York. Since Garner’s death, the phrase has become a rallying cry in the Black Lives Matter movement.

What started as peaceful protests have sometimes turned violent. Stores have been looted and burned, and police have been pelted with rocks and bottles during clashes. Hundreds of people have been arrested. Many cities have imposed curfews to try to tamp down the violence and vandalism. Some states have called in the National Guard to help.