Anger and tension in the U.S.: who was the african american who died in police custody


A graph of George Floyd, was created after his death in Minneapolis in the hands of the police, calling for justice Credit: Instagram @george_floydd_


“Racism is not getting worse, it’s just that now it’s recording”

. With these words the actor african-american

Will Smith

explained some years ago how the cameras of the phones were allowing

record the police violence

against african americans in the united States


It is not that the problem occur more often, came to say the actor, is that

before it was not visible


Last Monday she passed and for the third consecutive night the city of


in the northwest of the united States,

it has re-fill of protests and violent clashes with the police

by the death of George Floyd, an african-american 46-year-old


What happened?

Darnella Frazier who was passing by the street, took out his mobile whilst attending with horror to a scene in which Floyd, handcuffed and unarmed,

was left unconscious under the pressure of the knee of a police officer who had stopped


Apparently Floyd, a former security guard, was trying to pay in a store with a fake banknote of 20 dollars.

After pleading for his life several times and scream that I couldn’t breathe, Floyd was inert on the floor and died very shortly after.

Good companion

“He was a God fearing man, regardless of what he had done,” said his sister Bridgett Floyd to local media. “We all have our flaws. We all make mistakes. No one is perfect”, he added.

“It is cruel how he died”

said the

Houston Chronicle

, the mother of his 6 year old daughter, Roxie Washington.

“You have stolen my daughter”

, he said.

George Floyd, a native of the city of Houston, was dedicated in his hometown basketball and football. Also made a name for himself in the local scene of hip-hop, where it was more or less known.

But when he moved to Minneapolis started a new life with a job as a security guard of the restaurant, the Latin-american Conga Latin Bistro, in the center of the city.

A man walks in front of a fire caused during the protests in Minneapolis by the death of George Floyd in the hands of the police
A man walks in front of a fire caused during the protests in Minneapolis by the death of George Floyd in the hands of the police Source: AFP

Strong, but “superdulce”

His companions called him right away

“Big Floyd”


“He was tall and muscular,” said his partner in the local, Vernon Sawyerr. “He was just super friendly. When you see someone of that size may seem imposing, but it was superdulce”.

In fact, in 2017 and early 2018, Floyd had also made a security guard at the homeless shelter Harbour Light the Salvation Army in Minneapolis.

“How tragic and sad this all is,” said Brian Molohon, executive director of the charitable organization.

The protesters set fire to a vehicle in the third day of protests over the death of George Floyd in the hands of the police
The protesters set fire to a vehicle in the third day of protests over the death of George Floyd in the hands of the police Source: AFP

Helped in your community

“You need to be a special kind of person to work in an emergency shelter. It is really hard to see the anguish all the days,” said Molohon. “I have No doubt that George, like many other shelter workers in our community, had a heart that cared about people and our community.”

The former NBA star Stephen Jackson showed up on Instagram saddened by the loss of what for him was a brother. Both were very close friends and used it as a nickname with the word “Twin” (twin).

“Angers Me so much that after all the things you spent and that you comportaste as best as possible, you pulled out as well,” reads his account.

The slogan “I Cannot breathe”

In the 10 minute video,

Derek Chauvin

the white officer of 44 years who freezes to Floyd, makes deaf to own arrested, but also to the passers-by that what increpan for its extreme violence. His partner on patrol, the burly Tou Thao, observes impassive and trying to block out the vision to those who pass by on the street.

The two officers have been dismissed from your job


Darnella Frazier decided to upload the video to social networks and

the streets are on fire-an outrage that already covers the entire united States

. The images accumulated 1.2 million views.

“I cant breathe” (can’t breathe) the words that kept repeating Floyd during the incident, are multiplied in different banners and t-shirts at the protests of Minneapolis as a motto of the police violence suffered by the african americans in the united States.

The agent Chauvin

But it is not the first time that Derek Chauvin were involved in violent incidents in his career as a police officer. The records of the department, cited by the journal

Star Tribune

show that

he has been involved in several shootings


In 2006, he was one of the six officers who fired their weapons in the death of Wayne Reyes

who , according to police, pointed a shotgun at officers after stabbing two people.

Chauvin also wounded a man about two years later, in 2008, in a fight after which Chauvin and his partner responded to the report of an assault domestic.

A woman holds a sign that reads “Justice for George” in Minneapolis Source: AFP

Eric Garner

The incident recalls the case of

Eric Garner, a black man who died while being arrested in 2014 in New York city


The phrase “I can not breathe”, repeated up to 11 times by Garner before he died

it became a rallying cry for activists protesting police brutality against african-americans.

Garner, an unarmed black man of 43 years old, was arrested by the police on suspicion of illegally selling cigarettes.

He died after a police officer will apply a wrench choke


A medical examiner of the city ruled that

the strangulation contributed to the death of Garner