George Perry Floyd Jr. (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020) was an African-American man who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020.

Protests in response to both Floyd’s death, and more broadly to police violence against black people, quickly spread across the United States and internationally.

He died after being arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money to buy cigarettes; Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, leading to his death. His death, and the behavior of the officers involved, have led to international Black Lives Matter protests, calls for police reform, and legislation to address racial inequality.

Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. For the last three of those minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but officers made no attempt to revive him.  Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as arriving emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him