Black Lives Matter.

Throughout the recent, turbulent past, I’ve strived to keep FTS apolitical. That time has ended.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2020, Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for at least seven minutes. Reports differ, some as many as nine minutes. At this time, there are three different videos of the incident. You can view the videos at your discretion here at CNN. The second video shows four officers involved. Two autopsy reports arrived at different results.

In short, the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County has formally charged former officer Derek Chauvin with both Murder in the Third Degree and Manslaughter in the Second Degree.

Court Case Lookup: Case Number 27-CR-20-12646

At this time, the State has not charged the other three officers.
Edit: Tou Thao has been fired. Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were also involved.

In less than one week and in the midst of COVID-19, over two hundred and fifty cities have held protests here in the states. New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, and the UK have joined in solidarity. This article delves into the not-even-close to exhaustive list of events that have lead up to this week.

In less than one week, I’ve watched police officers shoot at unarmed civilians and media journalists, some as close as point-blank. These weapons are labeled as, “non-lethal,” but that is a misnomer. Let us be absolutely clear. A blank can kill. A rubber bullet can kill. A bean bag can kill. A smoke grenade can kill.

Keep this in mind when you view the images below.

My friend sent me this image of Mennonites joining the protest. Please let me know who to credit.

We have a President who is actively stoking the fires [1, 2]. We have officers who surround the home of a killer instead of doing their job and arresting him.

We have police using vehicles to attack civilians [1, 2, 3].
We have police using pepper spray and tear gas to attack civilians [1, 2, 3].
We have police attacking and arresting journalists [1, 2, 3, list of 19?? more].
We have civilians attacking civilians [1, 2], both arrested & charged with swiftness.
The Verge has a list of incidents here.
We have cops taking down the American Flag to replace it with a flag of their own [1].
We have concerns of agent provocateurs [1, 2, 3].
We have concerns of cop agent provocateurs [1, 2].
We have looting [1].
We even have police using tear gas on themselves… [1]
We have community members cleaning up after the riots [1].
We have civilians providing safe refuge for protesters [1].
And we have civilians protecting officers [1].

For comparison…
This is how police handled the COVID-19 protesters one month ago [1].
This is how police handled the riot after the football game [1, 2].

This list is by no means exhaustive.

Source

TL;DR?
Our Police have doubled-down and arrested, attacked, and harmed countless civilians instead of arresting four of their own.

Last updated: June 2nd, 2020.

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