Mayor of D.C. Has City Workers Painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Street Near White House
As protests continue, many people have been showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. And one city has shown its support, very visibly. Keep scrolling to see what they've done...
Across the States, hundreds of emotional pictures have emerged of those participating in the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
With thousands showing their support.
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
Last week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
And, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying “Please, please… I can’t breathe.”
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was only forty-six years old.
4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was finally arrested. But this wasn’t enough…
Chauvin was originally taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
His bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
But George’s death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
But things have been quick to turn violent.
Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.
But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.
Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.
And of course, the news broke yesterday that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
He is now being charged with second-degree murder according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
As for the other officers?
Let’s not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George’s death, 3 other police officers – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...
But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched. As reported by the New York Times, it was announced yesterday that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.
This is only the beginning.
And it’s so important that we continue to speak out and use our voices.
One city has decided to use its voice.
In a way that is very visible.
On Friday morning, a group of people were seen painting large yellow letters down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C.
A two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
The letters along the road spelled out "Black Lives Matter".
And those who were painting the letters were reportedly commissioned by D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Emily Badger, a New York Times writer who spotted the letters, said in a tweet that the letters would "be a real middle finger to any federal forces flying overhead."
She also added that it doesn’t seem to be temporary support as the paint being used looked like that is used to stripe road lanes.
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