The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police promoted thousands to gather in protest at Peters Park in Boston’s South End this evening.
“The first police officer was arrested and charged today,” Brock Satter of Mass Action Against Police Brutality, which organized the rally, told the crowd. “That was a result of our protests around the country.”
Derek Chauvin–the Minneapolis police officer caught on video Monday killing Floyd by pressing his knee against Floyd’s throat for minutes as the handcuffed 46-year-old pleaded “I can’t breathe”–was charged today with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
“We should demand that the three other officers involved in the arrest and death of George Floyd should be arrested and charged,” Satter said.
“When the government itself doesn’t respect the rule of law, how can you expect anyone else to?” Satter asked, then urged the people gathered to remain peaceful.
The crowd, most wearing coronavirus masks, packed the park. Many knelt on the basketball court.
“This is important in Boston because the same thing is happening in Boston, it just hasn’t been getting attention,” Satter said before the rally.
Satter called for charges against Boston police who shot dead Terrence Coleman, a mentally ill, 31-year-old man, in 2016. He called for justice for Burrell Ramsey-White, who was shot dead by Boston police in 2012, and Denis Reynoso who was shot dead by Lynn police in 2013.