George Floyd protesters in their own words: ´We are human beings that want justice´

2020/5/31

For many of the thousands of protesters in cities across the country, there seems to be one primary demand — justice for George Floyd´s death and an end to police brutality against African Americans.

"The injustice has been going on for so long," said Ben Hubert, 26, who lives in the Minneapolis area. "It’s been swelling for years.”

"That could be my father; that could be my brother. That could be me," one Atlanta protester, a black man, told NBC News of his thoughts when he saw the video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd´s neck as Floyd pleaded, "Please, please, please, I can´t breathe."

"It just happened too many times," the Atlanta protester said.

Floyd died in police custody Monday after he was pinned to the ground for over eight minutes. Derek Chauvin, the since-fired officer who knelt on his neck despite pleas from Floyd and onlookers, was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers were also involved in Floyd´s detainment.<

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