White House under lockdown as protests over Floyd's death approach

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2020

On Thursday, during the third night of protests over Mr Floyd's death, a police station was set alight.

The video, which begins as the filmer is walking towards the scene, appears to show a total of three officers kneeling on Floyd, as he pleads with them to loosen their hold on him.

Before an 8 p.m. curfew fell over Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, Bloomington, Roseville and Dakota County, several hundred peaceful marchers stopped traffic on the iconic Hennepin Avenue bridge near downtown Minneapolis Friday evening, then marched onto Interstate 35W near downtown.

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Chauvin was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Prior to Chauvin's arrest on Friday, Crump and Merritt called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to address deadly police-involved shootings. Chauvin's use of his knee to pin Floyd to the ground was a technique not approved by the city's police department, and it drew widespread condemnation from US police officials.

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen", Trump tweeted, referring to the violent death that sparked three days of protests, so far. Garner's death also was caught on camera. "So that's what I see in that video", he added.

On Friday, Frey became a target of Republican President Donald Trump, who called him "weak" for not quelling the unrest that included people breaking into stores and the burning of a police station.

"We need a national response - we can no longer do this on a case-by-case basis" Merritt said. Floyd died in police custody.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the arrest was "a good first step toward justice".

Floyd was heard to say, "I can't breathe" in a video of the occurrence taken by a bystander and shared on social media. "Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis".

In August of 1968, as Richard Nixon addressed the Republican National Convention in Miami, the police there killed three protesters, injured 18, and arrested over 200 people.
Similar violent police attacks defined America during the 1960s, as African Americans fought for civil rights and voting rights.
It is not a widely known phrase, but Headley's sentiments have always been part of the American status quo - U.S. law enforcement and political figures have made many statements invoking Headley and they still do today.
It's frightening to now hear Headley's words emanate from the highest reaches of our government.

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