Protests against police brutality, systemic racism, and the justice for George Floyd and the countless other brutal murders, have been demonstrated throughout the country the past several days since George Floyd was murdered by 4 Minneapolis police officials after he was put in handcuffs on lie on the ground. One officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for almost ten minutes straight, as the other officers stood and watched with their hands in their pockets, while the man remained handcuffed on the ground. One officer, Tou Thao stood by as Derek Chauvin continued to press his knee into George’s neck, neglecting bystanders pleas for help, commenting “This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.” The police were called to the scene for allegedly paying a store clerk with a counterfeit bill. Drugs were not involved. George called for his deceased mother as the officer’s knee continued to cut off circulation and kill him.
While military police are activated in some cities, and video evidence continues to surface of use of brutal force among both violent looters and peaceful protesters, including children, some police forces have made the morally righteous decision in joining the protest, calling for justice in police brutality cases, and displaying such a strong need for change in America. This Newark, New Jersey police staff helps carry a “Standing in Solidarity” banner during a peaceful protest.