The online petition calls for charges against the police officers involved in George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS – More than 4.6 million people have signed an online petition calling for justice for George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. This is the fastest growing Change.org petition ever.
The petition entitled “Justice for George Floyd“was signed by millions of people in a matter of days. It demands Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and District Attorney Mike Freeman to dismiss and indict the officials involved in Floyd’s death.
Floyd died after being held under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for minutes on Monday.
Chauvin was released one day later, along with three other officers involved in the arrest. On Wednesday, Mayor Frey asked Chauvin to be charged with Floyd’s death. No charges were filed until Friday morning.
In a statement, Change.org confirmed that the George Floyd petition, launched on Tuesday by a person named Kellen S., is the fastest growing petition the website has ever had.
“The wave of support for Kellen’s petition to bring justice to George Floyd and his family is unprecedented and truly inspiring,” said Change.org. “Change.org’s mission is to provide everyone with a place to make changes to the issues that matter to them. We are proud that the tools available on Change.org have helped trowels to promote racial justice and spread their message around the world. It’s not just a historic moment for our platform, but also for our country. “
The organization said the petition will soon be the largest ever launched in the United States, right behind a petition from 2016 with more than 4.8 million signatures, this prompted the electoral college to make Hillary Clinton president.
In a widespread cellphone video of the Minneapolis incident, Floyd, who is black, can be seen on the floor with his hands bound, while Officer Chauvin knees him on the sidewalk with Floyd’s neck. The video shows Chauvin, who is white and holds Floyd for minutes while Floyd complains that he can’t breathe.
Spectators are heard asking the officer to take his knee off Floyd’s neck. The video ends with paramedics lifting a limp Floyd on a stretcher and putting him in an ambulance.
For three days, violent protests spread from Minneapolis to nearby St. Paul, while other demonstrations flamed over Floyd’s death in the United States.
The demonstrators even set fire to a police station in Minneapolis on Thursday. The livestream video showed the demonstrators entering the building, where fire alarms sounded and sprinklers were running, when fires were started.
Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz activated the National Guard on Thursday at the request of the Mayor of Minneapolis. Minutes after the district fire, the guard tweeted that it had activated more than 500 soldiers across the metro area.