It was on Monday evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a grocery store clerk called the police about a customer using counterfeit money. Officers arrived at the store where they found George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in his car and demanded him out of the vehicle. Not too long after, Floyd's was binned to the almost under a police car. A bystander filmed the oncoming murder. Officer Derek Chauvin's knee stabbed Floyd's neck causing him to lose shortage of breath. "I can't breathe, officer," Floyd cried out, as well as bystanders off camera demanded the racist officer to let him go. When the racist officer finally removed his knee from Floyd's neck, he was unresponsive. He was then transferred to a medical center where he was pronounced dead.
Floyd's murder is all too familiar as we are still grieving Eric Garner's death whose last words mirrors Floyd's and who was murdered by a police officer in a chokehold. Floyd's death was not the end of suffering where Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man was shot and killed while he was jogging, and Breonna Taylor, a Black EMT gunned down by the police in her own home.
Chauvin, Tao Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, the police officers involved in Floyd's killing have been fired, but the fight for justice continues. This has created a domino effect of protesters challenging the police. Peaceful protesting is not enough.
If you're looking for ways to demand justice over Floyd's killing, below is a list of resources.
Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, has started a GoFundMe to assist his family in their time of grief and need. DONATE HERE
The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a grassroots organization currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center, will use donations to bail out arrested protestors and to supply those on the field. DONATE HERE
North Star Health Collective is a group of street medics, radical health organizers, and community health trainers based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will use funds for gear and medical supplies on the field. DONATE HERE
Organizers in Louisville, Kentucky–the city that Breonna Taylor lived in–have created a community bail fund for protestors. DONATE HERE
CONTACT MINNEAPOLIS REPRESENTATIVES
Contact Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to demand justice. You can also call his office at 612-673-2100. REACH OUT HERE
Demand County Attorney Mike Freeman charge the officers with murder by calling him at 612-348-5550.
Color of Change's petition demands that Frey block the involved officers from receiving their pensions and ban them from being able to become police officers again, as well as demands that Freeman charge the officers with murder.
You can also text "FLOYD" to 55156 to sign the petition.
Another petition posted on Change.org is also trying to get the attention of Frey and Freeman. It currently has more than two million signatures and is aiming for at least three million.