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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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.

Rissie
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2 months ago

Most cops are just people with no authority. Doing this is not just telling the protesters how they feel, they also show their bosses what they stand for. This is the 990 good cops judging the bad cops.

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Andy Shapiro
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2 months ago

This great photo shows not only Santa Cruz police chief, Andy Mills, but also Santa Cruz mayor, Justin Cummings, next to him alongside other protesters. This photo was taken by Shmuel Thaler of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, so please provide that photo credit to support such fine photojournalism.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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2 months ago (edited)

The United States (and other parts of the world) truly needs to acknowledge its years of racial intolerance. I understand that there are some truly good cops out there who speak against racism. However, it saddens and sickens me that situations like the brutal murder of George Floyd are going to keep on happening if governments and the police force as a whole don't acknowledge that something desperately needs to be done. I don't have the answers, but there needs to be racial bias training, background checks, cultural acceptance training, etc. Racism is taught and will continue to exist if we don't discuss that these issues exist.

Fred Smith
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2 months ago

This police chief is showing a point that under his watch, Black lives matter.

Lenore Lopez
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2 months ago

The police chief is kneeling next to the mayor of Santa Cruz.

Full Name
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2 months ago

See that? Be respectful and you get respect back. Imagine that.

Rok Plavčak
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2 months ago

https://truthout.org/articles/police-attacked-protesters-after-kneeling-for-solidarity-photo-op-activists-say/

Bernadette Macquarie
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2 months ago

Mutual respect.

The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

That's my hometown!!!

Rudrani Love
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2 months ago

we do not need to judge....anyone... there is a GOD above , remember? THOU SHALL NOT JUDGE.... it is for our own good, can you not SEE? Even a BLINDMAN can see what judging your brother or sister does for the world we all live in... Why not protesting for the stupid wars Americans authorized through their SILENCE all over the planet?? Is this the way you treat your brothers and sisters from Syria...? Iran? Irak? Vietnam? ... Can you not see that, for the first time in your bloody history as a nation, you finally have the right president that does not arrange war after war after war... for the first time in your history as a nation you have a chance to wise up... cause genocide is never God's promise to Man....and neither is raping , killing and consuming the blood and flesh of little babies.... OMG, there is a war as we speak, as the EVIL is wiped out from the face of the Earth... GOD bless you all, awaken people, my brothers who will no longer be silent...

Shelley Phillips
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2 months ago

Photo by Shmuel Thaler

Ellen LePera
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2 months ago

The best of us. We are greater together. Love is greater than hate

Michele de Lucca-Lowrey
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2 months ago

This is a step in the right direction.. people.. don’t hate! Be celebratory and use the platform to rise up. A protest is to be seen, heard, and incite change. This picture shows change... MUch more than just “ nice”. Give credit where credit is due and more people will support instead of negativity which turns people away from the cause.

Michele de Lucca-Lowrey
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2 months ago

👍

RinLo14
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2 months ago (edited)

This is my town's police chief and I can tell you that this isn't an attitude he just adopted because people are protesting. He's been fostering an inclusive, anti-racist policy for years and he has no problem getting rid of officers who abuse their power. I've lived here my whole life and can remember 15 or 20 years ago there were a few horrible cops in the department. They're all gone now. The way this chief manages his department leaves no room for brutality, harrassment or racism. He has been very vocal and action oriented in regards to being transparent and very pro #BLM. He has always spoken up when reports come out of a black person being murdered by the police. He is well respected and liked by the community he serves. Well....except for the actual criminals. I love that this photo has gone national, but it was not suprising to everyone who knows him. I wish every city in this country had a Chief like we do in Santa Cruz.

Jace
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2 months ago

It’s good the chief of police is setting an example. I wonder what things are like behind the scenes though. I have read and watched reports of how the “brotherhood of blue” bullies the good police into silence or pushes them out of the job.

Marlene Ricker
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2 months ago

This is a touching photo.

Meyer Weinstock
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2 months ago

It's Santa Cruz. Most protesters would find violence too much work, when the majority of the population is in general agreement with each other on many things.

Ninja Nonna
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2 months ago

Fantastic

Tina Rio
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2 months ago

Absolutely wonderful and I hope these police stick to what they really believe. We all are one United together we stand. From New Zealand.🤗

Peter Nelson
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2 months ago

Even better, that's the Mayor of Santa Cruz, Justin Cummings, with the striped bandana kneeling next to the Chief of Police!

Judy Rofe
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2 months ago

The new Salute. Well done, America.

Pat Gonzales
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2 months ago

YES!

sandie
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2 months ago

HOW cool is this!!!

Teri Wadding
Community Member
2 months ago

With everything going on in the world right now, the "good cops" don't need this kind of crap. There is a problem and protesting is right but the ones who are using it as a reason to destroy and disrupt are not from the same group. I see them as political minions.

Joey Williams
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2 months ago

No one talks about disbanding the "Police". The problem is the police not the policemen.

Kat Hoth
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2 months ago

I'm not quite sure why, but them kneeling feels wrong. I realize it's supposed to be in solidarity. However, it was a cop kneeling on George Floyd's neck that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

RinLo14
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2 months ago

Don't let one cop redefine kneeling. Kneeling has been a universal gesture of reverence and respect long before Derek Chauvin came along. He's already taken enough away, don't you think?

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Kathy Callaghan
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2 months ago

Lean up departments and have plans for accountability.

Holly Hefele
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2 months ago

So inspiring

The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

It's the next county down whose cops people need to be protesting.

Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

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Sure, take a knee, now resign in protest please.

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Taking a knee while some small business goes up in flames. Not ok.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 months ago

There is a lot of moving pieces to these riots. Just because the cops take a knee does not mean they stand with the looters. They stand with the peaceful protesters. Just like just because some idiots are looting and burning businesses does not mean every protester is there for that reason.

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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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2 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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2 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.

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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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

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

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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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

This is so beautiful screw racism

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There Is Hope

There Is Hope

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Felicia Dale
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2 months ago

This is what we all need.

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