What do we do when we're under attack?

Stand up. Fight back.

"What do we do when we're under attack? Stand up. Fight back."

Protesters have taken to the streets in over 700 towns and cities across the United States and the world after the killing of George Floyd during a traffic stop in Minneapolis, MN on Monday, May 25 by police officer Derrick Chauvin. A bystander filmed the whole incident and put it online, reigniting national outrage over police violence and the killing systematic of black people with no recourse.

Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers were bystanders, and made no effort to stop Chauvin. They were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Protesters are calling for states and cities around the country to "defund the police," which would involve a new, community-based approach to policing. Since Floyd's killing and the subsequent protests, the Minneapolis City Council has announced that they will defund their police department.

 

Protesters in Washington, D.C. began marching on Friday, May 29. They haven't left the streets since. The city's protesters have been met with police violence - rubber bullets, flash bang grenades, pepper spray, tear gas and riot shields. President Donald Trump ordered Metro PD, National Guard and the U.S. Park Police to clear the streets on Tuesday, June 2nd, so he could have his photo taken in front of St. John's church across from the White House.

 

Protesters in D.C. are calling for mayor Muriel Bowser to stop a 3.3% increase in the budget for the Metro Police Department, whose current budget is $580 million. The District, which has 32 different police departments, has more police per capita than any city in the United States. 

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