Between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM on 30 May, an airplane flying a banner that stated “Please I can’t breathe” flew over Detroit, for all protestors to see. Similar banners, each with different messages were spotted in four other cities. In New York, a banner flew by that read, “They’re going to kill me”, in Miami it said “My stomach hurts”, in Dallas the banner stated “My neck hurts”, and in Los Angeles, the words “Everything hurts” could be read in the sky.
The messages refer to the last words of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department on 25 May. He was accused of using fake money to buy a pack of cigarettes. While not resisting arrest, three policemen held Floyd down, while one pushed his knee in the man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Despite Floyd’s pleas, the police didn’t stop, killing George Floyd. A video of his murder went viral and caused protests all over the world.