WASHINGTON- On Tuesday, a huge crowd calling justice for George Floyd, an unarmed black man returned dead in police custody last week after a white officer was seen kneeling on his neck and suffocating him, gathered in Washington DC for a fifth consecutive day.
The peaceful demonstrators once again made Lafayette Park across from the White House the focal point and protesters knelt down. They clapped and chanted slogans including “No Justice, No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter,” “George Floyd.”
Their mean of gathering this huge crowd was to express their outrage on the brutal murder of Floyd which has chased a complete nation to move out and incite both peaceful and violent protests all across country. However, the park they had knelt down was closed off with a tall metal fence.
The nation’s capital is under a curfew that is in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
George Floyd was just 46 who was arrested by US police on May 25.
It is said that he was arrested when he was trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While on Facebook the Video footage went viral completely showed him handcuffed and cooperating, but police claimed he resisted arrest.
Derek Chauvin, a white officer pinned him on the ground and knelt on his neck for approximately nine minutes and he later being knelt on neck said, “I can’t breathe,” which later became the one of the most chanted slogans of the nationwide protests.