1. George Floyd Protests, 2020
On 25th May, 2020, George Floyd – an African American man – was killed by asphyxia-induced cardiac arrest during an arrest after allegations on passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
Protests broke out all over the world against the excessive police force and brutality, first locally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before spreading like wildfire and taking shape of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Protests ranged from peaceful demonstrations to escalated skirmishes that continued despite intervention from National Guard and various regiments from the army.
Exposing the underlying fears of racial inequality, the movement raised a call to action on numerous proposals in order to fix police misconduct and institutional racism and went on to criticize the Trump administration’s aggressive response despite the ongoing pandemic.