Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd in the highly anticipated trial that ended Tuesday, prompting an immediate response by many AAPI leaders and activists.
Horrific footage of the unarmed Black man’s death last year sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Tou Thao, the Hmong American police officer who was seen nearby Chauvin as he knelt down on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes created even further discussion about anti-Blackness within AAPI communities, reported The Yappie.
Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, alongside officers Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, will remain charged in relation to the fatal arrest of George Floyd back in May.
Charges remain: Judge Peter Cahill refused to drop charges against the three defendants in connection to the high profile murder, KARE11 reported.
Most Asian Americans feel connected to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, according to a new poll from global analytics firm Gallup.
Since George Floyd’s death in May, members of the Asian American community have voiced dissent toward police brutality and racial injustice. The group became a visible ally to African Americans, both in the streets and on social media.
Tou Thao, one of the former Minnesota Police Officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd in May, has been released on bail.
The 34-year-old fired officer posted a $750,000 bond on July 4, according to Hennepin County jail records.
Quinnipiac University has come under harsh criticism from its students for a statement it released following the Black Lives Matter protests.
Nationwide protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others as protestors, infuriated by the police system, called for government action and the defunding of police.
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Asian Americans are no strangers to hate — since the arrival of the first Asian in America, anti-Asian sentiment has been very prevalent. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Japanese internment camps in WWII to the Asian American struggles for civil rights throughout the 1960s and 1970s, there is no denying the fact that, we, as Asian Americans, have not been accepted. Throughout history, we have been demonized, excluded, and interned.
A conservative Vietnamese YouTuber made a video expressing his support for the peaceful protests but plans to use the Second Amendment against those who cause trouble in his community.
Dressed in a jean jacket and equipped with a rifle, Tran Nhat Phong warned “looters, rioters, and terrorists” about coming into Westminster, California, and told them to get out in a video posted on Facebook on June 5.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka’s support for the Black Lives Matter has received backlash from some of her followers on social media on Sunday.
Osaka often uses her platform to raise awareness on race relations, posting a photo to her 1.1 million Instagram followers depicting a George Floyd mural and protestors.
An armed man impersonating the National Guard during a protest in Los Angeles following the murder of George Floyd was arrested on Monday.
Gregory Wong, 31, took an Uber to downtown Los Angeles in a National Guard outfit on June 1 while carrying firearms, including a “ghost gun,” a homemade weapon without serial number called, according to ABC7.
The four officers involved in George Floyd’s death, which has sparked a rise in protests throughout the U.S., have been charged.
The importance: Derek Chauvin, the man who put Floyd in an unauthorized chokehold and eventually killed him on May 25, was fired on the day after but hadn’t been charged yet. The three other officers, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng have also officially been acknowledged as accessories to the murder and will be taken into custody.
Claims from social media users saying that Derek Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, is the sister of Tou Thao, the other officer involved in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has been debunked.
Amanda Mason-Sekula, Kellie’s lawyer, said in an email that her family was harassed by a false rumor that the wife and the Hmong police officer were related, according to Snopes.