Protesters nationwide say new charges against Minneapolis Police officers aren’t enough
All four officers who were present at the death of George Floyd are now facing charges.
J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were arrested Wednesday for aiding and abetting in murder, and Derek Chauvin, the now former officer who was caught kneeling on the neck of George Floyd as he struggled for his last breath is facing second degree murder charges.
That’s an upgrade from the initial charge of third degree murder.
Despite the news of these charges, protests around the country are continuing.
Some protesters call Wednesday a big step, but not a victory. Many of them are upset that it took this much time for the other officers to be charged. Now they want to see them prosecuted.
In Seattle, protesters filled the streets, demanding an end to police brutality and racism.
In Minneapolis, protesters are out for the ninth night in a row. Large crowds turning out Wednesday from New York to Los Angeles where protesters lied face down in silence- in remembrance of George Floyd.
Former President Barack Obama made his first on-camera comments about George Floyd and the protests, saying, “You’ve communicated a sense of urgency that is as powerful and as transformative as anything that I’ve seen in recent years.”
On Wednesday, Floyd’s son Quincy Mason visited the site where his father was killed by police for the first time.
“I’m just trying to get justice for my father,” said Mason.
Another protest is happening in Spokane on Sunday. Organizers are demanding legislative action to prevent unjust police violence against Black people. They say police need to be held accountable.
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