At the height of Black Lives Matter protests in New York City, the police were repeatedly filmed using force against peaceful protesters.— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 15, 2020
We reviewed more than 60 videos. In many, force did not appear warranted. This thread contains scenes of violence. https://t.co/H2zSIgal8Q
A few years back when the Black Lives Matter movement came about during the Trayvon shooting, and Fergueson and etc I don't think it was embraced as it is now. I think White America felt hesitant to embrace it because I think they felt "left out" or excluded in the protests somehow. You would hear the phrase All Lives Matter. Hillary Clinton used it during one of the debates.
Eric Garner died uttering the phrase, "I can't breathe." When the officer had a choke hold on him for selling loosies (individual cigarettes). This was definitely a case of excessive force
Fast forward to now with George Floyd died saying I can't breathe when a White officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for eight minutes. That awoke everyone, well almost. This case went world wide even during a pandemic. People of all colors risked their lives protesting. Those Black Lives Matter signs were everywhere as well as "I can't breathe." Even in Europe.
According to Wikipedia the Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013 when George Zimmerman was acquitted in Trayvon Martin's murder and protests erupted nationwide. In 2013, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi founded the Black Lives Matter network.