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George Perry Floyd Jr. (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020) was a black American man killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy cigarettes. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground. After his death, protests against police violence toward black people quickly spread across the United States and internationally.
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Mississippi Mayor Defends Cops Who Killed George Floyd: ‘If You Can Talk, You Can Breathe’

A Mississippi mayor is facing intense criticism after he defended the Minneapolis police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after officers kneeled on his neck for up to 8 minutes.

Hal Marx, mayor of the city of Petal, tweeted his support for cops on Tuesday night, as protests over Floyd’s death raged. “Why in the world would anyone choose to become a #PoliceOfficer in our society today? #backtheblue #ThinBlueLine,” Marx tweeted.

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