George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police during an arrest over a suspected counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. The killing led to nationwide protests over police violence and sparked discussions about systemic racism within departments around the country. May 25, 2022 will be the second anniversary of Floyd’s death.
Video of the incident sparked massive outrage as former officer Derek Chauvin could be seen with his knee on the neck of George Floyd. Horrified witnesses pleaded with Chauvin to take the pressure off, but Floyd ultimately passed away. There has been much controversy over the killing, for which Chauvin was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder.
The Washington Post attempted to spark a discussion as the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd fast approached. Unfortunately, someone in the social media department mixed up the details. Twitter users were up in arms over the mistake.
“On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody. His death sparked outrage, wide scale protests and calls to change policing.
Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”
George Floyd was not shot by police on that fateful day. The cause of his death was found to be, “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” In layman’s terms, Derek Chauvin essentially strangled him to death.
Some of the angry reactions are posted below. Supporters of both the police and George Floyd were upset by the huge gaffe. The tweet was immediately deleted, but a screenshot is included.
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