It has been reported that over 10,000 people have been arrested in the United States amid the continuing protests demanding justice following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black American, who died in police custody on a memorial day.
George died after being held down by a white Minnesota police officer. The incident was recorded by bystanders which was later posted on social media platforms.
It then sparked outrage and protests, not just in Minneapolis or across the US, but it escalated to an international level, with many protests being reported in various U.S. embassies around the world.
Derek Chauvin, an officer who knelt on Floyd for about nine minutes in the record, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
Second-degree murder involves premeditated murder, but it is impulsive and not planned. The main difference is in the mental state and someone accused of second-degree murder reacts impulsively to serious provocations while he is still intentional. It differs from first-degree murder because it lacks intent.
The second-degree murder also applies to ruthless neglect, which causes serious physical harm if you are certain that your actions will lead to death later. However, this may not be the intention.
In incidents with George Floyd, the policeman put his entire body weight on his neck. Despite the request that he is not able to breathe, the officer continued kneeling on him and even after he became motionless. It showed some ruthlessness.
Third-degree murder is a manner in which another person is killed without intent or plan, by inherently dangerous acts, and regardless of human life. Inherent unintended actions can be direct or indirect.
Third-degree murder charges include accidental murders, “corrupted thought” murders, and certain drug-related deaths. Cruelty can be the case in third-degree murder charges. In case a person intends to harm another person but does not cause death of that person but later that person dies, third-degree murder charges are likely to be brought.
Three other officers were also arrested and charged with aiding second-degree murder, third degree murder and homicide. Besides, all four officers were sacked from their duties.
Various governors in 32 states have responded to the protests by activating 32,400 members of the National Guard.
Previously, Trump had suggested using military forces to suppress the protests but was reprimanded by former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said it would have sown divisions. The proposal was also rejected by the current chief of defense, Mark Esper.
Even after some cities imposed curfews, protests continued, forcing some to reduce or lift curfews.
In most cases, demonstrators have resisted these curfews, which has forced police to intervene. For instance, it was seen in New York, police in riot gear stormed into a crowd of around 1,000 demonstrators who gathered to protest regardless of an existing curfew.
What else, it has been confirmed that 1,600 active troops have been sent to D.C and are on standby to take action on their deployment if needed.
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