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The following story was updated on June 5, 2020.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters are taking to the streets nationwide—and around the world—demanding an end to the long history of police brutality against Black people in the United States.
The protests are in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, 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 8 minutes and 46 seconds, even as Floyd repeatedly said that he couldn’t breathe.
Police officers had arrested Floyd after a worker at a convenience store accused him of using a fake $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. Bystanders filmed the arrest on their phones and posted the footage on social media.
The videos sparked outrage worldwide and came amid widespread fury over recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of police.
In more than 140 cities across the U.S., people are taking to the streets to voice their anger, sadness, and frustration—and to call for an end to racial bias and the killing of Black Americans by law enforcement.