Transcript for Outrage over George Floyd’s death cascades onto streets across US: Part 5
Chase. Make More Of What's Yours. Outrage tonight over the deeply disturbing death of a black man handcuffed in Minneapolis. I got a call from my sister. She said, Perry's gone. And I thought, gone where? And she said, he was killed. I look at the video for like then seconds. I was like, oh, my god. I turned it off. Heard his voice screaming. Not this way. Not this way. Can't be him. Not this way. Whew. When I first saw the images of George Floyd on the ground, I wasn't shocked, I wasn't surprised. I was saddened. And my first thought was, here we go again. It was different than other videos. This was people watching a man slowly die. This knee on the neck was reminiscent of an old-school lynching. And most modern-day folk have never been to one. And now they have. What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country in education, in health services, and in every area of American life. Police chiefs aren't going to hold the officers accountable, but when people are watching, then the spotlight's put on you. And so this case had the spotlight on it 24/7. The officer who had his knee on the neck of George Floyd should be charged, and I'm calling on hennepin county attorney to do that. Clearly there was something different in this case, because just days later, the mayor announced that these officers were fired. Fired! And we hadn't seen that before. People had decided that a new world had to be had to come about. No more could we live in a society where it's acceptable for a person to be murdered in cold blood in front of the world. There's not only the firing of all four officers who were involved, there was then the arrest of the principal officer, Derek chauvin, and there were multiple charges against him. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek chauvin has been charged by the hennepin county attorney's office with murder and with manslaughter. When an officer is charged in the death of a black man, a lot of people following the story say, that's that. Okay, resolution. Case solved. But so many people in the black community know that that's not enough. That's where the attention on a case should start. People became so frustrated that they took to social media to show the world that these officers were walking free. There's video of J. Alexander keung being confronted by a woman seeing him in a grocery store, upset that he was shopping. Did you think people weren't going to recognize you? Honestly, did you? You don't have to right to be here. George Floyd died at a particular moment in American history. People were dieing from covid, and then 9 minutes and 29 seconds of a knee on the neck of black America. I think that just ignited a level of outrage that could not be contained. It required people to hit the streets all over the world, and they did. Protests across the country now turning deadly. Anger spilling into the streets over the death of George Floyd. Demonstrators clashing with officers over the death of George Floyd. Parts of the city in flames overnight. The protesting, the rioting, the looting, and all of the consequences of those actions. It's been really difficult to watch so much pain in the community. To see a police precinct burning, it didn't seem real. There was in the a moment where some kind of nonlethal round wasn't being fired. This generation, they're not interested in these false ideas of hope or these empty expressions of justice. They want it, and they want it now, and it's a non-negotiable. Thousands have filled the streets calling for justice. Say his name! George Floyd! Say his name! George Floyd! 70,000 people. Peaceful. All coming out, you know, for George. We are going to go fight for justice for my daddy. There was also this sense of hope that maybe our numbers will be so great, our voices will be so loud, that we can no longer be dismissed when we say, we got to have change. Ten months after this incident, after they lost their loved one, the man accused of killing him is finally going to face a jury. Whether or not you think officer Derek chauvin is innocent or guilty, this trial is monumental. It is the trial of the century.
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