Despite many news outlets and commentators suggesting that the country is more divided than ever, a recent poll suggests that Americans are increasingly more united as the George Floyd’s protests continue to erupt across the U.S.
The litany of inappropriate responses from our current Commander and Chief, Donald Trump such as suggesting bringing in the US Army, shooting looters or hiding in the presidential bunker (a claim he rejected by insisting he was just inspecting it) has sparked a large number of concerns and has been widely criticized by more than a half of Americans who took the same poll.
After the outrage grew, as more and more people viewed the video showing the last moments of Mr. Floyd’s life, taken allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20, the officers who were “applying” the law that day (May 25) were subsequently fired. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, on May 29.
Nine days after George Floyd’s killing, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison amended Chauvin’s charges to include second-degree murder, and the other three officers were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. A move that has been welcomed in most quarters, especially within the black communities, as it will hopefully quell some of the chaos that is sweeping the streets of many major cities.
YouGov polling suggests that the aforementioned footage of Mr. Floyd’s death, officially declared a homicide on the first day of June, has been watched by 76 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans.