The on-camera killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer has ignited protests against police brutality across the United States and in cities around the world. Last weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Tokyo to protest the violent arrest of a Kurdish man and a reported 2,000 marched in Osaka to support the larger Black Lives Matter movement.

Demonstrators want justice for the deaths of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, a black woman in Louisville, Kentucky, who was killed when Louisville police forced their way into her home and shot her. However, the victims of police brutality in the United States number in the thousands and many are taking this opportunity to decry institutional racism in American systems of criminal justice, housing and health care, pushing not only for a retraining of police, but also a radical rethinking of the role they play in American society.

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