On May 25, 2020, police officers in Minneapolis responded to a 911 call from an employee at Cup Foods market who complained that a customer had just purchased cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.Property
When police arrived, they were directed to George Floyd, sitting in his car parked on the street near the store. Police arrested Floyd, secured him in handcuffs, and attempted to guide him into a police car.
When Floyd could not or would not get into the car, three officers restrained him face-down on the ground, with one kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes. Seventeen minutes after police arrived on the scene, Floyd was unresponsive and had no pulse.
Video of the incident was captured from multiple angles by witnesses with phones and by police-worn body cameras. The shocking images that saturated social media and news broadcasts galvanized public sentiment like never before
On May 26, protesters gathered in Minneapolis demanding justice for Floyd and an end to police brutality and systemic racism directed at Black people. In the days and weeks that followed, protests spread throughout at least 400 communities, large and small, in the U.S., including all 50 states and even to cities around the world. The result has been perhaps the most vigorous and widespread outpouring of frustration over issues of racial injustice in a generation.