George Floyd Commemorative Card - We Can\'t Breathe Series
Approx. 5"x7" card, with matching envelope. Original design from papercut stencil.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive. Several officers looked on but did not stop Chauvin.
Protests, both peaceful and violent, are continuing. There are current concerns over a threatened federal militarized response, including the mobilization of the National Guard in several cities.
Protests of this shooting have been linked by activists to other black men's being killed by police despite their being unarmed, including Eric Garner in Staten Island. The saying "We Can't Breathe" comes from the events surrounding Garner's death, as Garner repeatedly said "I can't breathe," pleading with officers to let go of their chokehold. George Floyd also spoke these words repeatedly as he was pressed to the ground.