On May 25, George Floyd went to a supermarket and purchased cigarettes with an alleged counterfeit bill, and the clerk called the authorities. Once they arrived, Officer Derek Chauvin held Floyd down on the ground with his knee to Floyd's throat. Eight minutes and 46 seconds later, Floyd became unconscious and showed no sign of life. After videos taken by bystanders and security camera footage of the horrific murder went viral, everyone became aware of what had happened.
And a spark for social justice inflamed around the world.
Everyone wanted answers about how something like this could happen. All 50 states took to the streets and protested for the Black Lives Matter movement. Many people were tear-gassed and hit with rubber bullets, while others started looting and hitting stores by breaking windows and stealing.
Many businesses took a stand and voiced their support for Black Lives Matter. Celebrities used their platform to shine a light on what's happening and donated to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
One of the most positive things that has come out of this, though, is the abundance of change enacted around the nation to bring justice to victims of racism and police brutality within the Black community.
People petitioned for other victims that were wrongfully killed in police custody, so strongly that they reopened Breonna Taylor's case. The mayor of Louisville also passed a law in honor of Taylor that regulates no-knock warrants.
The city of Philadelphia removed the statue of Frank Rizzo that inherently represented racism and police abuse.
A bill was passed in Colorado that addresses abusive law enforcement.
And the four cops that were involved in the heinous killing of George Floyd have been charged.
It's now been two weeks since the death of George Floyd, and the protests and social media actions appear to be dying down.
But Black Lives Still Matter - yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. We cannot ever forget that.