The family of the man killed in police custody in the United States has called for calm, as the country descends into chaos.
Just one week on from the horrific death, violent protests have broken out in more than 75 cities across the US. The National Guard has now been deployed in 23 states.
One person has also been killed, after troops returned fire while trying to disperse a crowd.
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The family of George Floyd, the man who died under the knee of a police officer, have now addressed crowds back in Minneapolis during a vigil.
Terrence Floyd, George’s brother, has pleaded for the violence to stop, and for those who want change to ‘do this peacefully, please’.
“I understand y’all are upset, but like It’s already been said, you’re not half as upset as I am,” he said.
“So if I’m not over here wiling out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community… then what are y’all doing? What are y’all doing?
“Y’all are doing nothing – because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.
“It might feel good for the moment, just like when y’all drink, but when it calms down you’re going to wonder what you did.
“My family is a peaceful family, my family is God fearing. Yeah we’re upset, but we’re not going to take it, we’re not going to be repetitious.
“In every case, of police brutality, the same thing has been happening – y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and if they don’t move – you know why don’t move – it’s because it’s not their stuff, it’s our stuff. They want us to destroy our stuff.
“They’re not going to move, so let’s do this another way. Let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter, and vote.
“No just vote for the President, vote for the preliminary, vote for everybody. Educate yourself, educate yourself, don’t wait for somebody to tell you who’s who.
“Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for, and that’s how we’re going to hit them. Because it’s a lot of us, it’s a lot of us, it’s a lot of us,” Terrence said.
Meantime, US President Donald Trump is yet to publicly address the nation in chaos, instead hitting out at Governors for not getting the protests under control.
In a private call obtained by the media, Trump is overheard telling Governors ‘you have to dominate’.
“If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time – they’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks,” Trump is heard saying.
While former US President Barack Obama has written an essay urging his country to enact criminal justice reform.
“Let’s not excuse violence, or rationalise it, or participate in it.
“If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.”
“The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics.
“We have to do both. We have to mobilise to raise awareness, and we have to organise and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform,” Obama wrote.
Briefly, back in Australia, a series of protests are being planned in the country’s capitals, with local activists wanting to stand in solidarity with those protesting the death of George Floyd, while also drawing attention to indigenous deaths in custody.
One such protest has already been held peacefully in Perth.