George Floyd protests continue to spread nationwide if not worldwide. And as a result, the Pentagon has raised security to 2nd highest level during the ongoing civil unrest.
Whereby, the Department of Defense has raised the level of security conditions at the Pentagon and other Defense facilities in the Capital Region. Basically, to the second-highest, according to two US defense officials.
According to credible sources, the level is called force protection condition “Charlie” — also known as FPCON CHARLIE.
In reality, the officials said the Pentagon went from force protection condition Bravo to Charlie because of overall concerns about vandalism amid civil unrest.
It should be noted that the US Northern Command, which oversees military operations in the continental United States, changed the force protection condition.
We increased the force protection level at select installations within the National Capital Region to best ensure the safety and security of our service members and their families,
As can be seen, from the above quote, a statement from the Northern Command spokesperson was made. But, the biggest question many of you are asking is;
Who was George Floyd?
Of course, Yes! For many of you who already know what transpired before his untimely demise, George Floyd is The ‘gentle giant’ who was trying to turn his life around. And until he met his death, the 46-year-old was known to friends as “Big Floyd” and had moved to Minneapolis to find work.
Following his death, all sorts of protests, riots, and looting sparked across the US. With demonstrators desperately calling for an end to police violence.
Bearing in mind, Mr. Floyd was an unarmed black man. And who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”.
As a result, civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major US cities on Saturday.
Particularly, as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath. Whereby, a white Minneapolis policeman was seen kneeling on his neck.
Eventually, from Los Angeles to Miami to Chicago, protests marked by chants of “I can’t breathe” – a rallying cry echoing the dying words of George Floyd.
Notably, things began peacefully before turning unruly as demonstrators blocked traffic, set fires, and clashed with riot police. With some even firing tear gas and plastic bullets in an effort to restore order.
The sight of protesters flooding streets fueled a sense of crisis in the United States after weeks of lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Not forgetting, the COVID-19 virus has seen millions thrown out of work and has disproportionately affected minority communities.
Footage from Floyd’s death showed the 46-year-old begging for his life and telling four police officers, “I can’t breathe,” as he was being choked by an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
The video, which was taken by a bystander on May 25th in Minneapolis, quickly went viral on social media.
Where was George Floyd born?
At 46 years of age, he was born in North Carolina and lived in Houston, Texas, when he was younger. But, he later moved to Minneapolis several years ago to find work, according to his lifelong friend, Christopher Harris.
This was shortly after being released from prison and was known as a “gentle giant” who was trying to turn his life around. Also, he was known to his loved ones as “Big Floyd.” And was the father of a six-year-old daughter who lives in Houston with her mother, Roxie Washington.
What does Pentagon raising its Security mean?
Following the ongoing unrest, the Pentagon raised its security to 2nd highest level.
According to the US Army, “FPCON Charlies applies — when an incident occurs or intelligence is received. Especially, indicating some form of terrorist action. Or rather where targeting against personnel or facilities is likely.”
It’s, therefore, likely that the increased condition will further result in increased security. Including additional identity checks at defense facilities. Earlier in the day, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said there had been an increase in force protection conditions.
“We have increased the force protection level in the MCR, basically the Pentagon reservation and other facilities in the NCR. This is a modest increase. For the most part, we have been at that level to some extent. And so some changes happened. Not dramatic,” Hoffman said.
In fact, Attorney General William Barr thanked local DC police, military leaders, and federal law enforcement agents. In that case, for “significant progress in restoring order to the nation’s capital” in a statement released Tuesday.
Adding salt to the wound, crowds have begun filling the streets around the High Court in Paris. In that case, for a protest against an alleged case of racist police brutality. And this is despite the gathering being declared illegal by the police earlier Tuesday.
This is after French medical experts exonerated the French police officers involved in the arrest of Adama Traoré. A young black man who died in police custody in 2016, in Paris on June 2.
The hashtag #JusticePourAdama (Justice for Adama) is trending in France.
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