On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli worker called 911, accusing him of purchasing cigarettes with a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill.
Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, George Floyd was unconscious and pinned under three police officers, showing no signs of life.
Combined videos from spectators and security cameras showed the moments leading to George Floyd’s death and showed a sequence of actions that infringed the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department, and that turned fatal, leaving George Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and eyewitnesses called out for help.
The day after George Floyd’s death, the Police Department fired all four of the officers involved in the episode, and on Friday the Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman, announced murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer who could be seen most prominently in witness videos pinning George Floyd to the ground.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on George Floyd’s throat for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him, and the video shows that Derek Chauvin didn’t remove his knee even after George Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.
The three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, all of whom can be seen in the video partaking in George Floyd’s detention, remain under investigation.
Minneapolis Police have been begging for years for their police budget to be increased to improve staffing, attract better-suited candidates and most importantly, improve training, but the DEM dominated local government has been saying no.
In the meantime, crime in Minneapolis has been rising at an abnormal degree, and it’s impossible to walk downtown even during business hours.
It used to be one of the most amazing and peaceful US cities, and if anyone was able to sit through the entire video recording of seeing George Floyd fight for air, crying out to his Mama and pleading with officers that he couldn’t breathe, it’s no mystery why thousands of people, across the country, are protesting in anger, and it takes a great deal of strength and composure to merely march rather than loot and destroy.
The video is especially haunting and disturbing, watching a man who was of no threat to these four officers die for no reason, and he was terrified and did not want to get into the squad car and was already experiencing distress and shortness of breath before the officers had him laying flat and facing the ground, and exactly how many times must an African American beg for their life, beg to breathe and beg to be heard by the police?
The video is horrific and leaves a taste of bile in the back of your throat, and the fact that the cops even responded to a call about a bogus twenty-dollar bill seems ludicrous, and the argument that George Floyd may have been under the influence is a debatable point.
George Floyd wasn’t confrontational and didn’t appear to be violent or resisting arrest and the video is proof that George Floyd was deliberately and methodically killed by the police, and it’s chilling, the lack of emotion that was bestowed by the police as they calmly kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and body, and equally disturbing is how the police did this with no hesitation, guilt or shame while they killed George Floyd in cold blood.
And how did two cops with reports of disproportionate use of force get put on a patrol team together where they could bolster each other’s bad habits? And why didn’t the other cops pull Chauvin off when it was clear George Floyd was in real distress and had stated numerous times he would comply and get in the vehicle?
How was a vicious bully like Chauvin allowed to stay on the police force, and if you’ve ever been pinned down by a bully who keeps telling you to get up while you’re being pinned to the floor, you’ll know how that feels.
And it appears that Minneapolis is paying for their Police Department to be mismanaged and for coddling sadists instead of training community guardians, and it seems that the American justice system is now divided, and judges are being funded by the fines they levy, so they have no time to listen to details.
They make snap decisions by the colour of your attire and skin and if you arrive in court in an overpriced suit with an overpriced lawyer you’ll get off. If you appear in court in an orange jumpsuit, you will be sentenced, usually with no real trial.
There are numerous police who do care about their communities and the people in them, but the ones who make the most arrests determine at first glance if you’re innocent or nasty, important or powerless, and get an endorphin rush out of spanking the cuffs on.
And the misery and distress of families that are ripped apart and children left without a father is hard to even think about and it doesn’t make communities safe, it slaughters them, and it’s unbelievable that the EMTs arrived without giving the most basic care to George Floyd.
They weren’t under any immediate threat and therefore were compelled to have followed protocol. This means that rather than moving George Floyd to a stretcher, they should have promptly checked his responsiveness, then checked for an airway, breathing and blood flow.
They should have started CPR at that moment and not in a moving ambulance, which would have been futile and against protocols.
They should have given o2 with a bag valve mask and hooked him up to an automated external defibrillator (AED). These are the life-saving measures any first-year EMT would know to carry out, and it seems that their patient care was non-existent, as was their sense of sympathy.
This is horrifying and how can this happen in a country like the US, which is deemed to be a civilized, western democracy with a police force that should be working for and not against the people.
Officer Chauvin appeared to be having extremely serious emotional management problems, yet he was allowed to police, how is this possible? And once again it was a black citizen that was killed by a white cop.
There are just too many questions here and it appears that the US has lost its moral compass, and it seems that too many white men in the US have the same serious emotional management problems.
But then when you look at who their president is, you start to understand that the white man seems to feel empowered to control others forcibly – slavery is not dead, it’s still very much alive and this needs to be rooted out immediately.
There is an element of people in the US who are barbarian – the US is not a civilized western democracy, it’s a hateful, violent, bigoted, narrow-minded and shallow race who are gratified by guns, inequality and oppression.