George Floyd (pictured) said ‘I can’t breathe’ when Agent Derek Chauvin knelt in the neck for eight minutes
Monday, May 25
Video on cell phone shows George Floyd, handcuffed and pinned to the ground, with a police officer – Derek Chauvin – kneeling on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Floyd didn’t respond.
Floyd, 46, has heard it plead, “I can’t breathe,” because he was arrested by four police officers for allegedly using a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a grocery store. He died later.
Tuesday, May 26
Four Minneapolis officers involved in the incident, including Chauvin and Tou Thao, are fired. Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey says it is “the right thing to do.”
While the police are increasingly charged with murder attacks, the The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating.
That evening, the first of several protests about Floyd’s death takes place in Minneapolis, with protesters shouting, “I can’t breathe!”
These words reflect Floyd’s case for officers, but the phrase also became a battle cry in 2014 following the death of Eric Garner, another black man who was killed in custody during an arrest for the illegal sale of cigarettes.
Wednesday, May 27
Protests continue until a second night in Minneapolis and spread nationwide to Los Angeles and Memphis, Tennessee.
As anger builds, protests turn violent when a person in Minneapolis is shot, shops looted, and buildings set on fire.
Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the thousands of protesters who sought justice for Floyd.
Mayor Frey called for the officer to be charged and said, “I want to see justice for George Floyd.”
Chauvin appears to have been subject to at least 12 behavioral reports since 2001.
Thursday, May 28
A third night of protests with demonstrations in Minneapolis, Memphis, Louisville, Phoenix, New York City and Columbus, Ohio.
Protesters burn the Third Precinct building while 500 National Guards are sent to the Minneapolis riots.
At least 70 New Yorkers are arrested following a clash with the NYPD.
Ohio protesters broke the city’s courthouse and shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol.
Friday, May 29
Trump warned on Twitter that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’
President Trump detonates “radial left-wing Mayor” Frey and warned “criminals” that “when the looting begins, the shooting begins” on Twitter.
The phrase comes from former Miami police chief Walter Headley in 1967, when he referred to “slums,” which he said took advantage of the Civil Rights Movement.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested on Friday on charges of third degree murder and manslaughter after George Floyd’s death, which led to violent protests
Twitter marks Trump’s tweet for breaking rules for glorifying violence. It comes just days after the president has been checked for facts, which has sparked an argument with the social media giant.
Black CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez is arrested on live TV while reporting the Minneapolis riots
Officer Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter after Floyd’s death.
Mayor Frey Announces Curfew in Minneapolis Starting Friday 8:00 PM and Saturday 6:00 AM
President Trump is reportedly rushed to the White House underground bunker and Secret Service protesters and George Floyd clash
Saturday, May 30
At least 25 cities are imposing a curfew as protests and demonstrations continue over the weekend.
11 states and the District of Columbia activate the National Guard when tensions flare up.
The National Guard is deployed during protests in Los Angeles – the first time in nearly 20 years since the 1992 Los Angeles riots
The National Guard is activated at the White House as Secret Service agents wrestle with control protesters in Washington, D.C.
Sunday May 31
At least five people are killed during protests in Indianapolis, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and Oakland, as approximately 140 cities like protests for a sixth night.
Federal Protection Officer Patrick Underwood is shot dead outside a federal courthouse during nighttime demonstrations.
The historic St. John’s Church, built in 1816, is on fire at the White House in Washington, D.C., injuring more than 50 Secret Service agents.
At least 40 cities impose a curfew in the face of riots, violence and looting.
President Trump urges states to “get tough” by calling the National Guard to oversee protests and demands “Law and Order!”
Trump announces on Twitter that he will designate Antifa, a loose but radical far-left group, as a terrorist organization after blaming them for protest violence.
The daughter of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, 25, is arrested during a George Floyd protest in Manhattan.
More than 250 people are arrested in New York City because six NYPD officers are injured and looters target luxury stores in SoHo
The protests of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter have spread internationally, with demonstrations in London and Berlin.
Derek Chauvin is moved to one of the safest prisons in the US prior to his first appearance on June 8.