By Jhanvi Verma | @RedLineProject | Posted: Monday, June 15, 2020
Protests have been underway all over the U.S. since the death of George Floyd, 46, at the hands of the Minneapolis Police.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after video showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 43 seconds. In the video, Floyd can be heard saying “Please, I can’t breathe."
Along with Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao have been charged for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter after a nationwide protest.
Floyd's death marks another case history in which a black person had experienced injustice. The discrimination against the black community comes from the time of slavery centuries ago in the U.S. After decades of inequality, The Civil Rights Movement took place in the 1960s, but black people have continued to face racism since.
According to the Mapping Police Violence database, 1,949 black people were killed by police in large, metropolitan cities from 2013–2019.
This graphic indicates the total number of people killed by police occurred from 2013 to 2019 among different racial groups in U.S.
By looking at the data, it is evident that people killed by police are low with Asian and Hispanic communities. On the contrary, the number of black people killed by police is relatively higher than other racial groups. Chicago, Houston, New York, and St. Louis seem to be the cities with the highest number of Black people killed by police. On the other hand, some cities have one or no killings.
Mapping Police Violence also reported that 99% of police officers are not charged for the crime. The nationwide protest has brought people from around the world out on the streets amid a pandemic. These protests may be different than the ones that have taken place before because people want to see a change in the system. A system that continues restraint, someone, from their right to exist because of the color of their skin.
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