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Hundreds of thousands of Americans and people across the world are taking to the streets. They are demanding an end to the long history of racism and police brutality against Black people in the U.S.
The protests are taking place in response to the death of a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd. He died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The officer had pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes. Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
Police officers had arrested Floyd outside a convenience store. A worker had accused Floyd of using a fake $20 bill to make a purchase. Bystanders filmed the arrest on their phones and posted the videos on social media.
The videos immediately sparked outrage across the country. They added to the widespread fury over other deaths of African Americans at the hands of police. Now many Americans are taking to the streets to voice their anger, sadness, and frustration and to call for change.