Look, let's try to keep this thread AS CIVIL AS POSSIBLE. I am simply making this thread to see people's opinions on the situation and also inform people about it if they already don't know. If I sense any drama, I'll lock this thread in a heartbeat. If you live in America, there's a huge change you already know about this. However, if you live in a different country you might not know so, let me sum it up. On May 25th, 2020, an African American man, George Floyd, went into a deli in Minneapolis to buy some things. When he paid for said items, the cashier thought his $20 bill was fake and proceeded to call the police. George Floyd got in his car, probably getting ready to go home when the police showed up. They decided to arrest him and put handcuffs on him. However, the police said that he was "resisting arrest" and pinned George to the ground. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who cuffed him and pinned him to the ground, then thought it was appropriate to put his knee on George Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 42 seconds. During that time, George was saying that he couldn't breathe but the officer didn't care. Random bystanders came out and started video taping the whole interference. In the video, they told the police officer to get off his neck but he never moved. Even the police officer's partner didn't try to interfere with the situation. Shortly after this confrontation, George Floyd died. (Obviously not posting the video) Throughout the video, you could obviously see that George wasn't struggling so there was obviously some vendetta against George from the officer. On May 26th, the residents of Minneapolis started to peacefully protest. However, the protests easily turned into riots, leaving Minnesota in shambles. (I'm not going to post pictures, you can easily look them up yourselves.) The riots are still happening, and they've even moved to different states. For example, I know there was rioting in New York as well. As for the officer's punishment, he was arrested and charged with third degree murder. If you don't know what third degree murder is, it means when you accidentally kill someone. I read somewhere that the officer, Derek Chauvin, previously knew George Floyd before this happened. After obtaining this information, some people think that his charges should be updated to first degree murder, which is when you intentionally kill someone. I want to know what your guy's thoughts are on this situation. Are the riots necessary? Do you think the officer received a fair punishment or, should his charges be updated? Put down anything you want to discuss, I'm genuinely curious. EDIT: Thanks @Disphxrial for telling me. There are now riots in at least fourteen states. New York, Minnesota, Georgia, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, and even though it’s not a state, Washington DC. EDIT #2: Thanks Sara for telling me something again!! So, George Floyd apparently had an underlying heart disease so now people are trying to say it wasn't exactly the cops fault but his previous illness killed him. EDIT #3: My opinion. So, as someone who's a minority (I'm half black half hispanic and I'm female) I don't take this case lightly.I think it's complete BS that another innocent black man was killed because racist, white cops think they can do anything they want with no punishment. I understand the frustration, I understand the rioting. These people tried to protest peacefully until the cops took it out of hand and started tear gassing the protesters. Once the cops were violent, the people got violent too. Even though I understand it, I don't really agree with it. I think that they should've kept trying to peacefully protest, even if the cops were being aggressive. In the past, peacefully protesting has played its part. When MLK was alive, he was arrested and harassed by several people, including the cops. That didn't change his way of standing up for what matters. He kept being peaceful all the way through until he got what he wanted.