Here's How You Can Help Demand Justice for George Floyd
From donating to legal defense organizations to calling city officials.
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On Monday evening, the Minneapolis police department received a call from a Cup Foods employee alleging that a customer had tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill. After arriving on the scene, officers found George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, inside a car and ordered him out. Videos taken by bystanders captured the horrifying confrontation, in which Officer Derek Chauvin forcefully pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes—despite Floyd, who was already handcuffed, repeatedly saying "I can't breathe." Minutes later, he became unresponsive, and shortly after the violent encounter, Floyd died at a medical center.
- On May 25, 46-year-old Minneapolis resident George Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him down during an arrest by using his knee.
- Since, protests have erupted demanding justice for Floyd's death, just the latest example of inequality, racism, and police brutality in America.
- If you're looking for a way to join the movement against racism, ahead, eight ways you can take action now, from donating to supporting legal organizations.
The gruesome incident—which came just weeks after the high-profile deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor—has sparked protests across the country in Los Angeles, New York City, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and other cities. While Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter—and the three other officers involved have been fired—the fight for justice continues. "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal," former President Barack Obama said in a statement. "If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better."
Here are just a few ways you can demand justice for Floyd, and support anti-racism efforts across the country—and as Oprah herself has said, to not let his name be just a hashtag.
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