So not only Turkey, it seems… “Authoritarian Governments Are Calling Out American Hypocrisy Over Minneapolis

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Fires rage in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by local cop Derek Chauvin.

Though four officers were immediately fired, local prosecutor Mike Freeman said that there is ‘other evidence that does not support a criminal charge’ even as police refused to release unredacted footage of the incident. Video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he gasped for breath was taken by a bystander; Chauvin’s long history of violent conduct soon surfaced.

A 46-year old black man named George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, 2020. A police officer named Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck, after vaguely accusing him of forgery and/or public intoxication. He pressed his knee down so hard — and kept it there — that it cut off the air to Floyd’s lungs, suffocating him. Three police officers stood around and watched as Floyd used his last breaths to cry for help; several bystanders filmed the scene, and tried to get the cops to stop, but to no avail.

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