Protests have erupted all over the US over the death of George Floyd. Cities are imposing curfews and states are activating National Guard members to calm down the demonstrators but they continue to express pain and anger with chants, signs and outbreaks of violence.

And while many questions, like what's going to happen to the police officers involved in the incident, are still unanswered, one thing is certain: the demands for justice and an end to police brutality against African Americans have united the entire country and people of all backgrounds are taking a knee together.

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A Group Of Black People Protecting A Cop Who Got Separated From The Others

A Group Of Black People Protecting A Cop Who Got Separated From The Others

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Daria B
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3 months ago

This one is touching, seriously. This police officer is actually armed. And yet, there is this mutual trust and care for one another. Totally kills all stereotypes both about the protesters and the police.

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Based on accounts from witnesses, video footage, and official statements, here's what the public knows about Mr. Floyd's death so far.

Everything began with a report of a fake $20 bill. A report was made on the evening of the 25th of May, when Mr. Floyd bought a pack of cigarettes from a grocery store. The store employee thought the $20 bill Mr. Floyd paid with was counterfeit and reported it to police.

Mr. Floyd had been living in Minneapolis for several years after. He had recently been working as a bouncer but just like so many other Americans became unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Floyd was a regular at Cup Foods, the grocery store where he tried to buy the cigarettes. Mike Abumayyaleh, the owner of the store, told NBC that Mr. Floyd was a friendly face and a pleasant customer who never caused any trouble. But Mr. Abumayyaleh wasn't working that day.

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A Veteran Protesting His Government After Fighting For It Shows The United Fight For Equality

A Veteran Protesting His Government After Fighting For It Shows The United Fight For Equality

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Monty Is Fiennes
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3 months ago

Poignant...

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At around 20:08, two police officers arrived at the scene. Mr. Floyd was sitting in a car parked around the corner with two other people.

After approaching them, one of the officers, Thomas Lane, pulled out his gun and ordered Mr. Floyd to show his hands. In an account of the incident, prosecutors didn't explain why Mr. Lane thought it necessary to draw his gun.

According to the prosecutors, Mr. Lane "put his hands on Mr. Floyd, and pulled him out of the car". Then Mr. Floyd began actively resisting handcuffs.

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A Protester And A Police Officer Today In Fargo. This Is What Solidarity Looks Like

A Protester And A Police Officer Today In Fargo. This Is What Solidarity Looks Like

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Linda HS
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3 months ago

Respect!

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Once handcuffed, however, Mr. Floyd became compliant and Mr. Lane explained that he was being arrested for "passing counterfeit currency".

But when officers tried to put Mr. Floyd in their squad car, a struggle erupted.

At around 20:14, Mr. Floyd "stiffened up, fell to the ground, and told the officers he was claustrophobic", a transcript released by authorities explained.

Mr. Chauvin arrived at the scene. He and other officers were involved in further attempts to get Mr. Floyd in the police car.

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It’s Not White vs. Black, Rich vs. Poor, Police vs. Citizens....it’s Everyone vs. Racists

It’s Not White vs. Black, Rich vs. Poor, Police vs. Citizens....it’s Everyone vs. Racists

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Nash Nopper
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3 months ago

YES!

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At 20:19, Mr. Chauvin pulled Mr. Floyd out of the passenger side, causing the man to fall to the ground.

As he lay there, face down, still in handcuffs, witnesses started to film Mr. Floyd. He appeared to be in a distressed state. These moments, captured on multiple mobile phones and shared widely on social media, were Mr. Floyd's last.

As officers were restraining Mr. Floyd, Mr. Chauvin placed his left knee between his head and neck.

"I can't breathe," Mr. Floyd said repeated, pleading for his mother and begging "please, please, please".

Mr. Chauvin kept his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

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My 6yr Old Daughter, She Sees Whats On The News, We Explained What Happened To George Floyd And She Was Mortified. Today She Made A Sign And Is Doing Her Own Peaceful Protest In Our Front Yard. I Am So Proud!

My 6yr Old Daughter, She Sees Whats On The News, We Explained What Happened To George Floyd And She Was Mortified. Today She Made A Sign And Is Doing Her Own Peaceful Protest In Our Front Yard. I Am So Proud!

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Bonnie Osborne
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3 months ago

That little girl has more empathy and strength than the president of the U.S.A. She is a gem.

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About 6 minutes into that period, Mr. Floyd became non-responsive. It was approximately then when Mr. Floyd fell silent and bystanders urged the officers to check his pulse.

One of the other officers, JA Kueng, did exactly that and said he "couldn't find one". But the officers did not move.

At 20:27, Mr. Chauvin removed his knee from Mr. Floyd's neck. He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in an ambulance and was pronounced dead around an hour later.

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From The Raleigh Protest

From The Raleigh Protest

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

Believe it, lady :( Maybe this time makes the difference?

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On Friday, Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman charged Mr. Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His bail has been set at $500,000.

Mr. Floyd's family and their attorney, Benjamin Crump, are upset that Mr. Chauvin wasn't charged with a more serious offense.

"We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested," Crump and the family said in a statement. "We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer."

If convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Mr. Chauvin would be facing up to 25 years in prison on the first charge and up to 10 years on the second.

Mr. Freeman said charges against the other three officers are likely.

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Portland, Oregon. Police Demonstrating And Trying To Show They Hear And Understand The Frustration.

Portland, Oregon. Police Demonstrating And Trying To Show They Hear And Understand The Frustration.

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Sabse
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3 months ago

Not all cops are racists. Only the President is a racist.

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A GoFundMe campaign dedicated to George Floyd has raised more than $7 million.

George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, organized the fundraiser, which is called the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund. According to the page's description, the funds will be used to cover funeral and burial expenses, grief counseling and lodging and travel for all court proceedings.

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We’re Stronger Together

We’re Stronger Together

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Kjorn
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3 months ago

I love that picture! Cops too are sick of that shit

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Now, after tens of thousands of people flooded the streets across the United States, after buildings were set on fire and businesses were looted, President Trump has criticized the unrest, and Attorney General William P. Barr warned people that contributing to the destruction could make them face federal charges. Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota said the people who are defying curfews and trying to instigate police were no longer protesting police brutality, but rather seeking to exploit Mr. Floyd’s death for their own political motives.

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George Floyd - Philadelphia Protest Today

George Floyd - Philadelphia Protest Today

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Leo Domitrix
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3 months ago

The people who clean up the injuries and notify families, "I'm sorry, he didn't make it"... are gonna be against racial violence. My mom in the 1960s? Same. Me now? Same. We all bleed red, folks.

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This Man Has Been Standing Alone In Our Town Square For The Past Few Days, Gods Bless His Courage

This Man Has Been Standing Alone In Our Town Square For The Past Few Days, Gods Bless His Courage

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Lisa loves cats
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3 months ago

Thank you for standing up in what you believe in

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Helping Cleaning Up

Helping Cleaning Up

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 months ago

I saw these images circulating on social media earlier this morning and they are truly moving. These are the images that the news rarely shows us and likely doesn't want us to see. I will never ever be able to understand the level of sadness, anger, hurt, and frustration felt by the black community, but I'm so happy to see images like these of communities of all skin tones, sexual orientations, ages, and religions band together to foster change.

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Even The 'Church Of God' Community Are Standing By George

Even The 'Church Of God' Community Are Standing By George

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KatHat
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3 months ago

Fun fact: Not all "Plain" folks are Amish. These people are a 20th century cult called Church of God Restoration. Still cool they turned up, but they're not Amish. https://www.facebook.com/tcog1/posts/1137238226631351?hc_location=ufi

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Cops In Kansas City Joined The Local Protest

Cops In Kansas City Joined The Local Protest

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

I can just imagine shift change. "Hey Greg, want my sign? I need to get into my riot gear"

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Santa Cruz Police Chief Taking A Knee With Peaceful Protesters During A Demonstration In Santa Cruz, Ca

Santa Cruz Police Chief Taking A Knee With Peaceful Protesters During A Demonstration In Santa Cruz, Ca

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Kaisu
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3 months ago

This is nice, but cops need to do more. Someone said that even if there are 1000 good cops and 10 bad cops, if the 1000 good cops don't make sure the 10 bad cops are brought to justice, then there are 1010 bad cops.

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Danish Sympathy March For George Floyd. ~10.000 People Marching Peacefully Through Copenhagen.

Danish Sympathy March For George Floyd. ~10.000 People Marching Peacefully Through Copenhagen.

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Peter Korpershoek
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3 months ago

My faith in America restores a little more :-P

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Spreading The Love

Spreading The Love

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Caley Buxton
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3 months ago

Honest question: obviously all people, black and white, are most likely aware of this right now. Is it encouraging or annoying of me, as a white woman, to say something supportive to any black person I encounter? I don't want to bother someone in the middle of a store or "single them out" for being black, but I also don't want to ignore the situation.

deanna woods
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3 months ago

As a black person, all I can tell you is just gage the person you want to talk to. It would be best to say something to someone you know or you could even do it here on bored panda.

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Nami Tantrum
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3 months ago

stupid ninjas cutting onions again

Jennifer Brown
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3 months ago

I don't want to approach strangers and embarrass them in public by bringing attention to them...but believe you me if I EVER see someone talking racist bullshit to someone in a restaurant, store, parking lot, or other public venue not only will I be filming it...I will be up in their face and calling them out for the POS they are. I will NOT tolerate ANY of that crap in my presence!

Louplou
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3 months ago

I've kicked people out of my home for using racial slurs, making racist comments etc. I tell them politely that not only do I not accept it, but I will not have my children exposed to it, if that warning is ignored it's straight out the door with them. Sadly, I've had to do this more than once. We all need to keep calling the racists out.

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XxInstantKarmaxX
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3 months ago

Aww my god this is so pure

Domoneeq Vs
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3 months ago

I think this small gesture is so major! Every little bit counts!

Rupa FitzGerald
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3 months ago

People feelwhere you are coming from. If you are real it feels right.

Caroline Driver
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3 months ago

Just the other week I was reading about white fragility and white women's tears. Made me realise a few things. I live just outside a small, wealthy town where the only non white kids are the ones that go to the public school here. So opportunities to show solidarity are extremely rare. I don't know how it would be if I were still in Croydon where I grew up, a very mixed big town, probably many more opportunities if I wanted them. I think I would also be worried about being 'patronising' or pushy or offensive if I did something that appeared like some kind of white do gooder, collecting brownie points by showing how 'non racist' I am. I'd like to think that if I saw someone being openly racist to someone that I would step in and say something, but then, would I come across as trying to be a 'saviour', would I embarrass them, like they need saving by a middle aged white woman?

Erni Davis Spencer-Fields
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3 months ago

Compassion is Never insulting.

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Nash Nopper
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3 months ago

THIS!

Donna Lawrence
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3 months ago

That was sweet. Probably through you off guard for a second. Cracks me up and have a smile on my face. God bless her.

Lauri Funk
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3 months ago

A small step forward in a world gone mad.

Sandra Marchant
Community Member
3 months ago

A smile might make them feel good.

Pat Gonzales
Community Member
3 months ago

YES!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank you "zay" for accepting this woman's outpouring.

Bailey Lynn
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3 months ago

This choked me up, eyes wayering

V I
Community Member
3 months ago

Nobody seems to be thanking you for this great post, Zay. Thank you!

Mildred Thompson
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1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL!

Cindy Kellough
Community Member
3 months ago

❤️

Liliana Correia
Community Member
3 months ago

Express your feelings, if the other person really cares about this subjet she will appreciate!!! Let love guide you

Nina Morgan
Community Member
3 months ago

That was lovely

Pam Moore
Community Member
3 months ago

Just acknowledge them , a nod or just hello and a smile ❤️

Jazz Akins
Community Member
3 months ago

Personally,I would find it a little weird but I don't think I'd be mad about it. My sister in law is white and she told me the other day that she loves me and cares for me and is say sorry for what white people have been doing to black people. And honestly if it was anyone else I might have rolled my eyes and told her to keep it moving. Just because I don't wanna hear it. You are either racist or not and it's becoming pretty obvious the ones who are. So if you aren't continue to show support and stand with us. But me personally, I don't want some random white lady coming up to be telling all that. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't if you really are moved to do so.

Ninja Nonna
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3 months ago

OMG.

Teri Wadding
Community Member
3 months ago

I saw the movie "Harriet" with a fellow white friend. There was one black guy in the theater (Maine) and after the movie, my friend waited to shake his hand. He was confused at first but gracelessly obliged. But you know he was thinking "WTF?"

Eglė Bukauskaitė
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3 months ago

Ehhmmm. If I approach somebody remotely look asian and say "I'm with You, Hong Kong" would seem ridiculous.

Karen Gavaletz
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3 months ago

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Ummm, shouldn't ALL people matter?

Sheryl Soliman
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3 months ago

They already do, they always have. What they are saying is their lives matter as much as any other person's does.

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I thought this was going to be a joke and Zay was there looting the store. Anyway.... Black lives matter.

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This Is Also Happening In Minneapolis

This Is Also Happening In Minneapolis

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Aragorn II Elessar
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3 months ago

Yes! It’s not just rioters. There’s good people here

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A Group Of People Forming A Human Barricade And Protecting The Store To Prevent People From Looting

A Group Of People Forming A Human Barricade And Protecting The Store To Prevent People From Looting

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Ellie Edwards
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3 months ago

Shart take your tin foil hat off and get off the internet for the day, I think you've had quite enough

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Where Are The News Vans Now?

Where Are The News Vans Now?

“The news crews focus on black people looting, but there are many of us here also trying to clean up. They don’t focus on that!” This is Marvin Applewhite. He is leading efforts to clean up after riots. I haven't heard any news organization show that there are people like him out there. He has a GoFundMe to help with supplies and food for the other volunteers

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Narwhal Blast
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3 months ago

Amazing man! This is such an awesome example!!!

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Modist Brewing In Minneapolis

Modist Brewing In Minneapolis

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Alice White
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3 months ago

But sometimes stopping for a beer andActually having a conversation with your fellows can diffuse tensions. And I doubt they'd provide alcohol to looters. I honestly think although it might look clumsy, it's still trying to help.

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Police Captain Joins Protesters

Police Captain Joins Protesters

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Linda HS
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3 months ago

I'm crying my eyes out...this is sooo very touching

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Police In Muskegon, Mi Showing Their Support For Protesters Outside Of The County Courthouse Today.

Police In Muskegon, Mi Showing Their Support For Protesters Outside Of The County Courthouse Today.

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Narwhal Blast
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3 months ago

Oh my! I just noticed her shoes! They're amazing and if she can protest on those heels, kudos to her! That's amazing!!!

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It’s Not Black vs. White People, It Is Everyone vs. Racists

It’s Not Black vs. White People, It Is Everyone vs. Racists

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

Somehow this saddens me. He's a cop. He shouldn't need to make justice happen with a sign.

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Protesters Gathering In Front Of The Us Embassy In Berlin, Germany Today. We Stand With You

Protesters Gathering In Front Of The Us Embassy In Berlin, Germany Today. We Stand With You

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Hans
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3 months ago

There have been several players of Bundesliga showing their solidarity this weekend.

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A Friend Of Mine In Minnesota. Stay Safe, Everyone. Except You, Tony.

A Friend Of Mine In Minnesota. Stay Safe, Everyone. Except You, Tony.

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Lea Springstead
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3 months ago

lol my ex's name is Tony

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The Police Taking A Knee With Protesters In Miami, Florida

The Police Taking A Knee With Protesters In Miami, Florida

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Linda HS
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3 months ago

Respect!

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5/31/20 Washington Dc. “What The Media Doesn’t Show”

5/31/20 Washington Dc. “What The Media Doesn’t Show”

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Narwhal Blast
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3 months ago

This looks like they're sharing a good joke and it warms my heart <3

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Flint Police Just Laid Down Their Shields And Batons And Started Walking With Protestors

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Beatrice Multhaupt
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3 months ago

Walk with us, each day and each night, each shade and each light

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Protesters Spray Painted All Over This Monument Last Night. We Were All Trying To Scrub It Off When This Guy Showed Up With A Powerwasher.

Protesters Spray Painted All Over This Monument Last Night. We Were All Trying To Scrub It Off When This Guy Showed Up With A Powerwasher.

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Narwhal Blast
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3 months ago

I love power washing, it is so soothing to watch!

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#30

Emotional Moment Between An Officer And Protestor

Emotional moment between an Officer and Protestor from r/MadeMeSmile

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BordosV
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3 months ago

I cant help but notice that there's no or very few comments on the posts where police are interacting positively with protesters....

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Standing Together With The Residents

Standing Together With The Residents

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catslave6
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3 months ago

Thank you, Camden!

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#32

Lawers Offering Pro Bono Services For Arrested Protestors

Lawers Offering Pro Bono Services For Arrested Protestors

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Dave Chapman
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3 months ago

Just make sure you don't offer free service to the looters, arsonists and anarchists.

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Police In Downtown Portland Are Kneeling In Front Of Protesters

Police In Downtown Portland Are Kneeling In Front Of Protesters

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Cold Contagious
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3 months ago

A very moving selfless act that's more powerful than words.

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Protesters Chanted: “Walk With Us!!”

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XxInstantKarmaxX
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3 months ago

This is so beautiful screw racism

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#35

There Is Hope

There Is Hope

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Felicia Dale
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3 months ago

This is what we all need.

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