George Floyd protests: What does this mean for America? – BBC Newsnight

published on July 13, 2020

Tonight we're on the ground in Minnesota where this all began and as the country reels from its hundred thousand deaths from covert 19 and it's 40 million now unemployed we asked what this moment is telling us about America David Grossman is in Minneapolis and his film contains

Distressing images at the moment leading up to George Floyd's death the street corner where George Floyd was killed not by the hot split-second decision to fire a gun but by the cold slow purposeful action of kneeling on his neck for more

Than eight minutes Alex lives a few streets away like millions around the world he saw the video he's brought his family to the spot his two-year-old son Xander is too young now but in a few years they will have what Alex calls the

Conversation it's a tough conversation to have because there's one I had with my uncles and mom forever and it's how to you know properly handle yourself when approached by authorities and as a different conversation for us versus

Others really that's a conversation you're gonna have to have with him oh yeah most definitely most definitely because it is definitely a big difference and it's always been our way the officer with his knee on George

Floyd's neck is Derek Chauvin he's been dismissed from the force and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter the three other officers who were with him but failed to intervene have been fired but so far not

Charged with anything that fact is clearly making many people here very angry as we all seen the video no one else tried to help him he couldn't breathe for officer Steele was on top of them yeah we need justice for all four

Many of the shops around here and right across Minneapolis are boarded up Chris and her family are outside their hair and nail summer they're handing out their Nations of food to keep the community going until the shops can

Reopen whenever that is right now these has been the most peaceful protest here the scene of the crime has been a lot of peaceful protesting going on we're pulling together it's not a la vez is just it's really emotional sadness range

Of emotions is going on but for the most part I was standing standing up and taking our city back of course what happened here outside the cap food store in Minneapolis on East 38th Street didn't stay a local news story for very

Long it unleashed a wave of protest and violence that has convulsed cities right across the United States and so far shows no sign of stopping in Georgia Tennessee New York right across America dozens of cities grappled

With protests and sometimes looting in Atlanta police cars were set alight residents charged police precinct headquarters in New York and in Los Angeles and in Portland shop windows were smashed by Sunday night National

Guard units had deployed five thousand troopers across 15 states and in Washington DC curfews were ordered in 40 cities and states of emergency declared in Texas Arizona and in Virginia in Washington DC last night as the 11:00

Pm curfew approached demonstrators raised the very gates of the White House setting fires and throwing stones at riot authorities the president has so far dodged questions about the protests it's the state's governors who need to

Show more resolve to tackle the protests in a conference call this afternoon with governor's he called them weak what limits all of these places according to writer and academic Andre Perry is the corrosive presence of inequality and

Injustice the same motivations that let a police officer to put their knee knee in someone's neck until they died are the same attitudes harbored by CEOs and other corporate executives by housing officials by educators so all of the all

Of these people are part of the same system of oppression and so the police and in many ways are just guarding and protecting those beneficiaries of unjust policies as the Sun drops in Minneapolis so the

Tension Rises at 7:45 pm everyone gets a text message from the authorities they have 15 minutes to clear the streets before curfew riot police seal off the freeway to stop cars getting into the city authorities say 1/5 of those

Arrested here over the weekend were from out of state at every intersection we found National Guard troops backing up the police their resolve tested by frequent confrontation mostly all that's happened is that someone may drive or

Walk down this street here towards this line of police the police will warn them they'll shout at them and sometimes they'll fire rubber bullets at them what everyone in Minneapolis and Beyond is now asking is how does this end in the

Short term that means the legal case against Derrick Chavan and the other three former officers but the broader question that is much harder to answer that was David Grossman he joins us now live from Minneapolis in the last hour

Or so David George Floyd's family had their independent autopsy report back just take her through it well as you say that independent autopsy came today there was a great deal of suspicion about the official medical

Examiner autopsy from the county here in Minneapolis that suggested that Willis had concluded that there was no physical evidence that George Floyd had died from asphyxia this independent autopsy though came to precisely the opposite

Conclusion he had said this new examiner died from asphyxia caused by compression to the back and neck that may seem obvious watching that video but that was the medical evidence that he came up with and it will add to the sensation

That I've heard many times around here that the authorities are trying to circle the wagons to make this seem less bad than it actually was and the question that you raised at the end of your piece was where does this go

From here where does it end what's your thought on that well I suppose looking forward to the election in 2020 at the moment the Democratic Party are trying to say that the president's response has been wholly inadequate he hasn't

Attempted to bring the country together and if anything he sought to escalate matters but throwing it forward to November it's not clear how this ends after all take this state Minnesota it hasn't had a Republican in charge of

Here since 2011 take this city it hasn't had anything other than a Democratic mayor since 1973 so President Trump is trying to make it out that these cities are weak on law and order and he's going to strengthen it up we think back to

1968 when there was a similar convulsion of protest and violence right across America then frightened maple across middle America voted for Richard Nixon and the Republican Party and that may well happen again David Grossman thanks

Very much indeed well joining us now congresswoman Eleanor from Minnesota and Republican hopeful

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