On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers after they were called by a store clerk on a forgery call. Floyd’s death was recorded and uploaded to social media where it went viral and caused nationwide outrage. Protests in over 2,000 cities in all 50 states were held against police brutality. (Cristian ArguetaSoto/Staff Photographer)

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis resident was killed by police officers who were called on a suspected forgery case. The murder of George Floyd sparked protests against police brutality in over 2,000 cities in all 50 states of the United States. According to the New York Times, over 140 cities in the United States of America have deployed the National Guard to aid in containing protesters.

Five days after the killing of Floyd, Dallas became one of the thousands of cities that held protests against police brutality and demanding justice for George Floyd and Fort Worth resident Atatiana Jefferson who was also killed by police in her home.

In the past three weeks, coronavirus cases have been rising by the thousands, but this may be due to the reopening of businesses rather than the congregations of thousands of protesters across more than 2,000 cities.

“We (The National Bureau of Economic Research) find no evidence that urban protests reignited COVID-19 case growth during the more than three weeks following protest onset,” a study by researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research said. The study was conducted to find whether Black Lives Matter protests across the nation had an effect on the pandemic cases.

Protests across the nation continue as of June 30, 2020.

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Cristian is a senior Journalism major and Studio Art minor at TCU. He is a Managing Editor at TCU360. He enjoys landscape photography and learning new photo techniques.