On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man died after a white officer holding his knee on Floyd’s neck pinned him to the pavement while Floyd was in handcuffs. In the days that followed, public outrage grew over what some protestors and lawmakers said is another case of police brutality against a black man. Unrest has since erupted in Minneapolis, where protesters have set fire to buildings, and in several cities across the country. The police officer was fired and has been charged with third-degree murder. Three other officers also have been fired. The Washington Post reconstructed some of the events surrounding the death of Floyd using private security footage and audio of EMS calls as well as cellphone video.
The timeline shows how his encounter with police began on one side of an intersection, where Floyd was removed from a car and handcuffed. It follows police as they bring him to his feet and walk him across the street. It is there, on a night still bright after 8 p.m., that Floyd’s final minutes unfold.
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