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George Floyd death: US Policemen kneel to apologise; stand in solidarity with protesters

13:55 | 02/06/2020

The death of African-American George Floyd, a resident of Minneapolis, on May 25 sparked unrest across the US amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of protests and destruction around the nation, a moving scene unfolded Sunday in some cities when some police officers knelt with protesters to express their solidarity with those speaking out against rampant racism and against police brutality.

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Several police forces lay down their shields and helmets to express their solidarity with those speaking out against rampant racism and against police brutality, while some also knelt before the demonstrators and hung their heads low to extend their apology.

As protests over George Floyd’s death intensified in the United States, social media was flooded with posts on police brutality.

However, amid all the news of tear gas and baton charge, several reports on certain police squads joining the protestors’ cause also started surfacing.

Several police forces lay down their shields and helmets to express their solidarity with those speaking out against rampant racism and against police brutality, while some also knelt before the demonstrators and hung their heads low to extend their apology, reported the moneycontrol.

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The countrywide on-going protests in the United States that has gone violent in the past few days witnessed a new turn on Monday (June 1, 2020) when Miami Police and protesters in Coral Gables came together and took a knee to join in a mothement of peace and prayer for George Floyd. (Photo shared on tweeter)
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Miami Police and protesters in Coral Gables came together and took a knee to join in a mothement of peace and prayer for George Floyd. (Photo shared on tweeter)

The death of African-American George Floyd, a resident of Minneapolis, on May 25 sparked unrest across the US amid the coronavirus pandemic. Floyd died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck after handcuffing him. Despite Floyd saying: “I can’t breathe”, the policeman did not budge, while the three others standing near him looked on.

The entire act was caught on camera, which led to massive public outrage. All the four officers have been fired, while Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.

After that, Police officers around the country have stood alongside protesters in towns and cities across the United States, calling for action following the death of George Floyd.

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Hundreds gathered on Pacific Ave in SantaCruz, taking a knee together in memory of George Floyd & bringing attention to police violence against Black people while Fargo Police holding hands with protest organizers & a sign ‘We are one race... The HUMAN race. PhotoCredit
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Miami Police just apologised in front of the Protestors for Police Brutality. All violence stopped and people hugged the cops.
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Members of law enforcement take knee as protesters surround the Oklahoma County Jail.

The chief of the Minneapolis police on Thursday apologized to the family of 46-year-old George Floyd and acknowledged his department's role in the "deficit of hope" across his city even prior to Floyd's death.

"I am absolutely sorry for the pain, the devastation and trauma that Mr. Floyd's death has left on his family, his loved ones, our community in Minneapolis and certainly across the country and the world," Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said in a news conference.

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Camden County Metro police chief Joe Wysocki raises a fist while marching with Camden residents to protest the death of George Floyd. (AP: April Saul)
george floyd death us policemen kneel to apologise stand in solidarity with protesters

Last weekend, two prominent members of Santa Cruz, California, took a knee on the side of the road with several hundred people honouring the memory of George Floyd.

Police Chief Andy Mills and Mayor Justin Cummings were photographed on Saturday afternoon local time, kneeling in downtown Santa Cruz. (AP: Shmuel Thaler)

Floyd was seen in a disturbing video repeatedly crying and moaning that he couldn't breathe as a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into the handcuffed man's neck for more than five minutes. Floyd's death sparked widespread outrage, demonstrations and calls for the officer to be charged. Protests turned violent on Tuesday and Wednesday night with some protesters setting fires to buildings and structures.

Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, who started her remarks by singing "Amazing Grace," also called for "peace and calm on our streets."

"Today ... is a sad day for America. It's a sad day for the world," she said. "You have every absolute right to be angry, to be upset, to be mad, to express your anger, however, you have no right to perpetrate violence and harm on the very communities that you say that you are standing up for.", cited from the cbsnews' report.

“Let me start this by saying... I AM SORRY,” said Anthony Johnson, an Ohio police officer known as the “dancing cop.”

“On behalf of every good cop out there... we apologize,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday. “If you have ever been mistreated by the police... we are sorry. I’m sorry you had to see what you seen... feel what you felt... and live with the trauma caused by the those actions. Please accept this apology and know that those officers DO NOT speak for the majority of us."

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