A young man drops to his knees while holding an American flag after police fired tear gas at protestors on June 1, 2020 in Asheville, NC. America the Broken. June 2020.
A young man drops to his knees while holding an American flag after police fired tear gas at protestors on June 1, 2020 in Asheville, North Carolina. America the Broken. June 2020. Protests began in the city of Minneapolis on May 26 after the release of a video that showed a 46-year-old African-American man named George Floyd being handcuffed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee to Mr. Floyd’s neck while pinning him down as he was repeatedly heard saying “I can’t breathe”. In the days and weeks that followed, tens of thousands of people took to the streets, in the midsts of the COVID-19 pandemic, to express their indignation and sadness in response to George Floyd’s murder and a history of systemic police brutality. Protests erupted in at least 140 cities across the United States and the national guard was activated in 21 states according to a report by The New York Times. This series documents the protests that took place in my home city of Asheville, NC, between May 31st and June 6th, 2020.