Video of Black Lives Matter Protesters Lying Down, June 3, 2020


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Video of Black Lives Matter Protesters Lying Down, June 3, 2020 is a videorecording. It is 11 seconds long.

It was created on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Stephanie Brand is the Videographer.

This eleven-second video shows protestors at a Black Lives Matter protest on all four corners of the Village Green at 161 and High Street. Protestors are shown lying face down on the sidewalk with their arms behind their backs. They chant "I can't breathe." Passing cars honk to show their support.

Protestors remained lying down for eight minutes and 46 seconds, in protest of the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground under a policeman's knee. While he was pinned to the ground, Floyd repeatedly told officers "I can't breathe," which became a rallying cry for the protest movement. Eight minutes and 46 seconds became a symbol of police brutality, as it is how long it was believed that police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Georgea Floyd's neck. Bodycam footage from two officers involved in the incident that was released in August 2020 revealed the actual time to be nine minutes, 30 seconds.

Protestors in this video wear masks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A Worthington police officer kneels on the southwest corner of the Green in support of the protest.

The Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 began at the end of May, following the police killing of George Floyd along with a history of systemic racism and police brutality against Black people. Tens of millions of people in cities across the United States and world participated in the protests. A July 3, 2020 article in “The New York Times” estimated that the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 may be the largest movement in United States history. Worthington was the site of several protests.

It covers the topics Black Lives Matter protests, police, racism and race relations.

It covers the city Worthington. It covers the area Village Green.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was born digital in the format video/mpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0336.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on December 16, 2020. It was last updated May 6, 2022.