Several media outlets have been reporting on the death of African-American George Floyd, who died in police custody. The act of police brutality sparked an outrage across the world with many demanding justice under ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
Celebrities, including the ones in India participated in the same, sharing black squares on ‘Blackout Tuesday’. The solidarity however didn’t go well with a section of Indians who called them out for taking a stand on racism miles away and ignoring the atrocities back home.
Journalists also opined and questioned as to why the scale of outrage is not heavily visible when it comes to police brutality in India, as seen during the CAA protests and migrant crisis. The Quint, in its newsletter weighed in and mirrored the situation, asking “What will it take to introspect and bring justice home?”
However, acting upon it BJP leader Tajinder Bagga took to Twitter, urging the Uttar Pradesh police to take action against the outlet, for “sending bulk mails and inciting violence.”
He wrote, “Quint wants US type Violence in India and they are sending bulk email to public to organise this. Quint office is in UP, @Uppolice should imidiate take action and arrest Sharbori Purkayastha #DeshdrohiQuint”
An 'advocate' also filed a criminal complaint against The Quint for "planning riots in India."
He wrote, “To @Uppolice @dgpup & @CMOfficeUP I attached the criminal complaint against @TheQuint for Inciting people, for planning riots in India similar to the USA, communalizing the issue, and trying to spoil peaceful harmony & for waging war against the country & sedition. Take action!"
Worldwide protests, some of which turned violent, have erupted since May 25, when Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe", and "please, I can't breathe".
US prosecutors have announced new charges against all the four sacked Minneapolis police officers who were present.
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police Department officer, who court documents said knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, was charged with second-degree murder, reports Xinhua news agency.George Floyd tested positive for coronavirus prior to his death in police custody
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