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George Perry Floyd Jr. (1973–2020) was an unarmed black man murdered by Derek Chauvin, a police officer, on May 25th, 2020, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit 20 dollar bill, which was then found to be genuine, by asphyxiation. Officer Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder, later changed to second-degree murder, and manslaughter.
The killing of Floyd sparked worldwide protests and riots against the police and police brutality, his death being one of multiple similar events of (white) police officers responding to (unnecessary) calls about black people and responding with usually fatal violence.
On the other hand, his death also triggered a media circus of conservative pundits and racists both justifying his death or attempting to shift the responsibility of his death onto anything but the adult man kneeling on his neck and blocking his airways. And on yet another hand, the subsequent public crackdown on racial discrimination resulted in multiple brands, corporations, and politicians doing massive displays of out-of-touch-ness, such as changing the name of master bedrooms due to it's "association with slavery", replacing voice actors playing characters of color for people of color, and other examples of performative wokeness.