A timeline of what led to protests, violence across the nation after the death of George Floyd

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(WJW) – George Floyd is an African-American man who died in Minneapolis police custody. His death and the video of the actions taken by officers during his arrest has prompted protests across the nation.

Here is a timeline of the impact in Minneapolis, across the country, and Northeast Ohio. 

Editor’s Note: Some of the videos, images, and details may be disturbing to some.

MONDAY, MAY 25

Police in Minneapolis were called to a convenience store around 8 p.m. on a report a man had tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill.

Officers say 46-year-old George Floyd, who was sitting in a parked car near the store matched the suspect’s description.

Police said Floyd resisted arrest.

However, surveillance video from a nearby restaurant did not show a struggle.

It did show Floyd fall down several times.

For several minutes Floyd and the officers were behind a police vehicle that blocked the camera’s view.

Video from a bystander showed officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneel on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Floyd told officers he could not breathe and eventually went limp after 5 minutes.

Chauvin remained on his neck.

According to Minneapolis firefighters, Floyd did not have a pulse when he got into the ambulance.

They were unable to revive him.

Floyd was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 26

Video of Floyd’s death was shared on social media.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo fired all four officers involved in the arrest.

The FBI was called to investigate.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner conducted on autopsy on George Floyd.

That night, hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Minneapolis.

The precinct where the four officers were assigned was damaged as peaceful demonstrations turned violent.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

The four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were identified Wednesday.

Derek Chauvin

In addition to Chauvin, the officers are Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng.

Protestors in Minneapolis set businesses on fire and looted several stores.

One person was killed.

Protestors also demonstrated in cities across the nation.

THURSDAY, MAY 28

Demonstrators in Minneapolis set the precinct that the officers were assigned to on fire along with several other businesses.

Protests in Columbus turned violent as people stormed the Statehouse and damaged downtown businesses.

FRIDAY, MAY 29

Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd. (courtesy: Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office via CNN)

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said more charges are possible.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s initial report said Floyd’s death was under investigation but was not from strangulation or asphyxiation.

The report indicated it was a combination of preexisting health conditions exacerbated by being held down by police officers.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke to George Floyd’s family.

President Trump said the video of the arrest was “a horrible thing to witness and watch.”

He continued, “It certainly looked like there was no excuse for it.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called for peaceful demonstrations in an afternoon press conference.

Two officers were injured and five people were arrested in Columbus protests that night.

Demonstrators gathered in Canton Friday, holding signs and chanting “No justice, no peace.”

Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei also spoke at the protest, issuing his support for equal civil rights.

City of Cleveland leaders said Friday they were ready for planned protests the following day.

SATURDAY, MAY 29

Demonstrators in Akron took to the streets around 12 p.m. 

Protests there remained peaceful.

Protests in Cleveland began peacefully around 1:30 p.m.

The situation turned violent two hours later. 

Tear gas was used and dozens of businesses suffered damage.

The City of Cleveland enacted a Proclamation of Civil Emergency, implementing a curfew at 8 p.m.

Gov. DeWine activated the National Guard in Cleveland and Columbus.

Vandals continued to cause destruction in Cleveland until after 10 p.m.

Click here for a photo gallery of the protests and damage in Northeast Ohio

Cities across the country experienced similar scenarios as protests turned violent. 

1400 people were arrested across 17 U.S. cities.

SUNDAY, MAY 30

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Division of Police Chief Calvin Williams spoke to the media and the city at 12:45 a.m.

They thanked people who protested peacefully and said they were reviewing video to identify the people behind the destruction. 

66 people in Cleveland were arrested by Sunday morning.

They face charges for rioting, vandalism, and curfew violations.

The City of Cleveland reactivated the curfew from 12 p.m. through 8 a.m. Monday and enacted a parking ban on all downtown city streets.

Cleveland police began shutting down bridges at 11 a.m.

Business owners and city workers began cleaning up the destruction from violent protestors and some boarded up their businesses.

Legacy Village and Beachwood Place closed Sunday as a precautionary measure due to the protests and vandalism in downtown Cleveland Saturday night.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas announced all courtrooms would be closed to the public Monday.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

Derek Chauvin received an additional charge of second-degree murder.

Second-degree murder is defined as murder that is not premeditated or murder caused by reckless conduct that displays an obvious lack of concern for human life.

Chauvin still faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

From left to right: J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Derek Chauvin (Credit: Henn. Co. Jail)

Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

All four former officers were taken into custody by Wednesday night.

They’re each being held on $1 million bail.

Second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder are punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Manslaughter and aiding and abetting manslaughter are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Two separate autopsy reports show George Floyd died by homicide.

One autopsy was performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the other was conducted by a pathologist hired by Floyd’s family.

The autopsies differ in determining the cause of death.

Hennepin County’s M.E. reports Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest, which means his heart failed.

The independent autopsy says Floyd died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4

The Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy at a service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

During that eulogy, Sharpton announced there would be a march on Washington in August, the anniversary of the day MLK gave his “I have a dream” speech. 

The August 28 march will be part of a push for federal policing reforms.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to ban chokeholds by police. 

The measure would also require officers to intervene if a fellow officer was doing something improper.

It was the first move to change any policies following Floyd’s death.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6

Mourners paid their respects to Floyd in Raeford, North Carolina.

Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Stackhouse delivered the eulogy in Floyd’s hometown.

“Although it took 8 minutes and 46 seconds for him to die, it took 401 years to put the system in place for nothing to happen,” said Stackhouse.

The funeral was private but thousands of people lined up to pay their respects at the open-casket viewing.

Protests supporting George Floyd and Black Lives Matter spread to four continents. 

SUNDAY, JUNE 7

The body of George Floyd arrived in Houston for his final service. 

Weekend protests remained mostly peaceful.

MONDAY, JUNE 8

A six-hour viewing was held for Floyd in Houston.

He will be buried next to his mother Tuesday in Pearland following a service that is set to begin at noon. 

Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Floyd’s family. 

Derek Chauvin mugshot (Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

Derek Chauvin made his first court appearance. 

A judge kept his bail set at $1 million.

Chauvin’s next appearance is scheduled for June 29.

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