Photos show protestors wrote “murderer” and “murder lives here” in chalk and paint. A sign was posted that read, “people don’t kill people, cops do.” The home of Chauvin has been guarded by nearly a hundred armed police officers.
On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis Police Officers responded to an alleged forgery in progress. Once they arrived to the scene, they came into contact with Floyd and placed handcuffs on him. Officer Derek Chauvin forcefully put Floyd on the ground and placed his knee on his neck.
As bystanders started walking by they noticed things weren’t normal and began filming the arrest. In the footage filmed, Officer Chauvin is seen placing his knee on Floyd’s neck with his face on the ground for at least seven minutes. The people who gathered around can be heard shouting at the officers to do something as Floyd laid their lifeless.
Another officer, Tou Thao, is seen scolding the bystanders and telling them to back off. He refuses to listen to the woman who works for the fire department. Once the ambulance arrives, they drag Floyd’s body onto a stretcher. He was pronounced dead once he arrived at the hospital.
After the death, Police have tried to say officers, “were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance.” Floyd was not armed. Two other officers, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were involved in the arrest but not visible in the video.
CNN reports surveillance footage contradicts the officer’s claims Floyd had resisted arrest. The mayor of the city called for criminal charges to be filed against Chauvin.
In the days since Floyd’s death, the community has protested the death and called for the officers to be charged for murder.