A year after the "I can't breathe" hashtag became a symbol of revolution worldwide, George Floyd's murderer has finally been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. Accused Derek Chauvin, an ex-police officer had knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes blocking his breathing flow.However, the Judge prosecuted his sentence "on your abuse of a position of trust and authority, and also the particular cruelty was shown," to Mr. Floyd.
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Ex- Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin (45) was convicted for a second and third-degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd on April 20. Previously released on bail, a racially diverse jury declared Chauvin guilty after three weeks trial. The verdict was welcomed with cheers at the Minneapolis courtroom. Notably, Chauvin was accused of kneeling on 46-year-old African-American Floyd's neck for over nine minutes without mercy on May 25, 2020… read-more
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George Floyd's family will receive a compensation of $ 27 million by Minneapolis city as a part of a legal settlement. Floyd, whose death sparked global protests, was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on the former's neck. Besides, Floyd's family attorney Benjamin Crump expressed his concerns towards those who consider such incidents as unimportant or unworthy. Meanwhile, Floyd's family welcomed this move and lauded the justice… read-more
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One of the biggest social movement of 2020 'Black Lives Matter' has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize by a socialist lawmaker Petter Eide. The movement targetting racial injustice was founded in the US and gained momentum in May 2020 when the US Police brutally killed a black man George Floyd. Later, protests broke around the world raising awareness against racial inequality. The prize is scheduled for announcement in October 2021.
In the wake of the George Floyd incident that happened in June, Boston authorities have decided to remove a statue of an enslaved man kneeling before Abraham Lincoln after 141 years. The statue depicted a nude man kneeling in front of fully dressed Lincoln. According to the activists, the statue highlighted racism. However, the sculpture would not be destroyed but only moved somewhere else, where it can be "better explained".
Alleged murderer of African-American George Floyd, Minneapolis' ex-cop Derek Chauvin was released on a $1 million bail on October 7. While Floyd’s family lawyers called Chauvin’s release a "painful reminder" that "we are still far from achieving justice", hundreds of people protested the decision on streets. Earlier, Chauvin was arrested after a video surfaced, wherein he could be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes causing the… read-more
Tens of thousands of people took part in 'The Commitment March' and hit the streets of Washington D.C on August 28 to condemn the act of racism and police brutality in the United States. The rally began at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech and was led and addressed by relatives of the victims who were killed due to the use of lethal force by Law Enforcement.
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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the death of George Floyd, has also been fined with tax evasion. Derek along with his wife have been charged for failing to pay the state income taxes in Minnesota. The Chauvins also allegedly owe nearly $38,000 (USD) to the Minnesota state. Officials said that the couple are also accused of failing to report their income from various jobs.
A collective of Afghan artists known as “Artlords” have been painting politically inspired murals. Murals on Afghan refugees to George Floyd, walls are being painted since 2014 to raise awareness against injustice and corruption. “We want to turn public opinion into murals. We don’t want to offend, we want to criticise,” Artlords’ programme manager explained. Till date, they’ve painted almost 2,000 murals in 19 provinces of Afghanistan.
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Writers of popular NBC sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine reportedly 'threw away the scripts' of the first four episodes of Season 8, and will start afresh amidst the protests over George FloydÔÇÖs killing. Cast member Terry Crews who plays Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the series said, "We have an opportunity, and we plan to use it in the best possible way.ÔÇØ