Part 1: Bibliographic entry

Part 2: Keywords

  • Arrested
  • Counterfeit
  • Unconscious
  • Bystanders
  • Death
  • Investigation
  • Prosecutors
  • Charge

Part 3: Precis

The author explains the incident with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George Floyd is an African American who was arrested for buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Three police officers arrested him and wrestled him to the ground and one officer put his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, until he showed no signs of life. The auto talks about how bystanders were recording and officials used the videos and surveillance cameras to confirm the time leading to Mr. Floyd’s death. The videos show the officers taking actions that were against the policy of the police department because he was left unable to breath as him and witnesses called out for help. Then the day after his death the officers were all fired. Then the author explains how each officer got charged with second degree murder and the one cop who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck (Derek Chauvin) got charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. This lead to the rallies of protestors.

Part 4: Reflections


I thought that this article was very straightforward with explaining the incident that occurred. I want to conduct some more research about more deaths in the African American community that led to the Black Lives Matter protests. Maybe even throw in some details about the slave trade as well and how that led to racism in the world. I believe this article is very useful to my paper because this was a major cause of the protests and is a big part of why racism is on the rise. even though we were all made to be equal racism still exists and hasn’t ended.


Part 5: Quotables

“Our video shows officers taking a series of actions that violated the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department and turned fatal, leaving Mr. Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help.”

“Our video investigation shows that Mr. Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness and for a full minute and 20 seconds after paramedics arrived at the scene.”

“It makes no difference,” said Jamar Nelson, who works with the families of crime victims in Minneapolis. “The bottom line is, it was long enough to kill him, long enough to execute him.”