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2021 protests and riots that hit the United States in the post-George Floyd era

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2021 protests and riots that hit the United States in the post-George Floyd era

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The widespread protests and sometimes violent protests that became commonplace nationwide after the death of George Floyd continued into 2021 on several occasions during Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis and across the country in other cases. unrelated to law enforcement.

Rochester, New York, saw some of this year’s first protests in February. Hundreds of people took to the streets after a grand jury decided not to indict seven officers involved in the arrest of Daniel Prude in March 2020.

Prude made national news after video showed he was handcuffed naked and sitting in the street with his head covered in a balaclava. There were also protests in Rochester after body camera images were broadcast of another March 2020 incident involving 10-year-old Na’ilah Bey, who was handcuffed as officers responded to a report about the issues “family”.


About 200 protesters marched through the city of upstate New York, some pulling down barricades at a Rochester police station. In the body camera video, an officer tells the girl to “stop acting like a child”, to which Bey retorts, “I am a child”.

March and April brought heightened security measures to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as state, local and federal law enforcement coordinated a security effort through Operation Safety Net for the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was acknowledged. guilty of the murder of George Floyd.

While the trial was still ongoing, Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, and the officer who fired, Kim Potter, said that she intended to fire her Taser but drew her gun. by mistake.

Hundreds of protesters stormed the Brooklyn Center Police Department, and clashes between law enforcement and crowds involved objects thrown at officers, arrests, and tear gas infiltrating the residential apartment. where families lived across the street.

Potter and the Brooklyn Center Police Chief resigned and the city manager was fired days before Mayor Mike Elliott took over the police department. Potter fled his home in a separate suburb of Minneapolis. She was convicted of manslaughter in Wright’s death this month.

In North Carolina, the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City gained national attention, as civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who secured a record-breaking civil settlement for Floyd’s family, arrived in coastal city to hold press conferences as local prosecutors resisted pressure to release body camera images before their investigation was completed.

Protesters flooded the coastal town and police declared the gatherings illegal. The district attorney ultimately ruled that Brown’s shooting, while “tragic”, was “justified” because he tried to escape in a vehicle as MPs served related search and arrest warrants to drugs.

April was also a month of protest in Chicago against the police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Body camera footage from the March 29 shooting appears to show Toledo dropped the gun he was holding before being shot by Chicago Police Officer Eric Stillman.

Protests over the teenager’s death have spread outside Chicago as hundreds marched through Brooklyn and Manhattan, blocking traffic and closing some tunnels.

Tensions rose again in Minneapolis in June, as 100 Minnesota National Guard soldiers were put on hold after Winston “Boogie” Smith Jr. was shot in a parking lot, as members of a task force US Marshals were closing in. Prosecutors ultimately determined that Smith had fired a handgun at officers and the two sides exchanged gunfire.


Protesters showed up outside the Kenosha, Wis. Courthouse last month for the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was ultimately found not guilty on all charges related to shooting three men during the riots last summer in response to the police shooting against Jacob Blake.

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