TIFA 2021 Editorial / Political

8 Minutes and 46 Seconds - Tears For George Floyd

  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial/Political
  • Photographer
    Brian Cassey
  • Technical Info
    Nikon D4s + 500mm Nikkor 1/40sec @f5.6 800asa
  • Photo Date

Hermela Bealfan sheds tears as she lies prostrate for eight minutes and 46 seconds - the time it took for a police officer to kill black man George Floyd by kneeling on his neck on a Minneapolis. Hermela - a US citizen with mask to protect against Covid-19 - was attending the ‘Australian Indigenous Deaths in Custody’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest in Cairns. Floyds death at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin sparked massive demonstrations across America and the World. The Cairns event also highlighted the hideous numbers of Australian indigenous ‘deaths in custody’ … 432 since 1991.