The biggest story going on in the country right now is the killing of George Floyd. He died in Minneapolis in police custody after being arrested. The video of his death has gone viral, sparking outrage, trending topics, debates and even protests in Minneapolis.
As always tends to be the case in these situations, there’s plenty of misinformation and false news that is meant to distract us. We decided to round up all the facts we had to keep you informed.
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1.George Floyd was arrested on suspicion of robbery on Monday night. Police found him in his car and suspected he had been drinking. George Floyd was killed due to an officer’s knee being pressed against his neck as he tried to yell that he can’t breathe.
The police statement said: “After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance,”
2. The video, which was released on Monday night showed a different side of the story. It doesn’t appear from watching that Floyd did much resisting as he was on the ground when the officers put their knees on his neck.
3. The officers, none of whom were identified by the city of Minneapolis, were put on administrative leave. All four are now off the job.
4. Amy Klobuchar, who is a VP hopeful, former presidential candidate and current senator in Minneapolis released a statement condemning the killing.
5. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson was good friends with George and called him his “brother” and his “twin.” He went into an emotional tirade over it all. Prayers up to Stephen, too.
6. Here’s George talking about youth violence in Houston and trying to keep the peace.
7. On Monday night activists took to the streets of Minneapolis to protest the killing of George Floyd. They were met with tear gas. This, of course, did not happen when white protesters stormed various locations with guns drawn. Funny how that happens.