After days of online and in-person protests throughout Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, ex-officer Derek Chauvin has reportedly been arrested and placed into police custody.
According to reports, now-former police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after going viral for contributing to Floyd’s death. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Protests have erupted across the country over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who suffocated when he was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. On Friday, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Chauvin has been arrested and taken into custody. (CBS Local)
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has shared thoughts on Floyd’s publicized murder and the protests which followed. He specifically took aim at how peaceful demonstrations have turned violent.
“What the world has witnessed since the killing of George Floyd on Monday has been a visceral pain, a community trying to understand who we are and where we go from here,” the governor said at a news conference. Acknowledging protesters’ pain, Walz said disorder in the streets distracts officials and the community from addressing the issues at hand. “As we put a presence on the street to restore order, it is to open that space, to seek justice and heal what happened – I will not in any way not acknowledge that there is going to be that pain, but my first and foremost responsibility to the state of Minnesota is the safety and security of all citizens. We cannot have the looting and recklessness that went on.” (CNN)
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This week, various hip-hop entertainers have come forward to encourage people to sign a petition to get Chauvin and his fellow officers arrested. Rap stars Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion reached out to their millions of followers to get involved.
“It will literally take less then a minute of your time .THANK YOU !” -Cardi B’s Instagram
“Hotties let’s come together to demand #justiceforgeorgefloyd 🙏🏽 link in my bio” -Megan Thee Stallion’s Instagram
Before You Go
On Thursday, West Coast rapper Day Sulan pitched a way any American could peacefully protest police brutality. Day explained the importance of all people of color in America uniting to not spend money for one day to address blacks getting shot.
“Wake Up Ya’ll #BLACKOUTDAY2020 💯✊🏽✍🏽”
“But Real Sh*t Tho F*ck That. White People Too If Y’all Feel This Sh*t Y’all Needa Stand Wit Us Ain’t No Just Minorities The More The Better 💯 #BlackOut2020” -Day Sulan’s Instagram