Black Lives Matter 2020 Movement

Noelle Buehrer

On May 25th, 2020, 47-year-old George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota while they were trying to take him into custody. Officer Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, which, combined with his history of medical issues, caused his death. This event sparked a worldwide outrage, and a rise in the Black Lives Matter movement. People demanded justice for Floyd, as well as other black people who were severely injured or lost their lives at the hands of police. 

Protests began the next day in Minneapolis, quickly spreading throughout the nation and the world. Every U.S. state had some sort of protest, as well as sixty other countries. 93% of protests have been peaceful and nondestructive, but some escalated into riots and looting. Fortunately, those affected recovered quickly. 

The officer who killed George Floyd was charged with second-degree murder, and the other three officers who were present were charged with third-degree murder. 

Black Lives Matter became a trend on most social media platforms, but has lost popularity over the past few months. The fight against discrimination, however, is far from over. There are still petitions that can be signed, organizations to donate to, and protests to attend.