- George Floyd was murdered over 20 fucking dollars
On 25th May, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black husband and father was suspected of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Within less than half an hour of police arriving on the scene, George Floyd had been murdered.
Black Lives Matter protests have been going on for years as people try to change racist mindsets across the world, but with all the shit that police have to deal with, this tragedy happened over 20 quid of all things.
- The grim facts
At 8:01pm, a store employee at Cup Foods called 911 to report that Floyd had passed “fake bills”, was “awfully drunk”, and “not in control of himself.”
Someone parked behind Floyd began recording a video at 8:10pm when they saw police speaking to him. Recording US police is common, since so many don’t respect the laws they enforce.
Following a brief struggle, Lane pulled Floyd from the SUV. When Floyd briefly resisted, he was handcuffed.
Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, forced his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street and two other officers restrained him, according to witnesses who were deterred from intervening by a fourth officer. With the gun culture in America, the mace was the least of their concerns.
Videos and security-camera footage from nearby businesses show that people watched helplessly as George begged for breath and water, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”, “Mama”, and “please”.
By 8:25pm, George Floyd was dead.
To make things even grimmer, the entire video is on YouTube with just a ‘this video may be inappropriate’ to discourage viewers.
- The officers didn’t even care
At approximately 8:22 pm, the officers called for an ambulance, initially on a non-emergency basis, before escalating it to ‘emergency’. During this time, Chauvin continued kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Witnesses report that Floyd said, “My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts”, he requested water and begged, “Don’t kill me.” One bystander commented that his nose was bleeding.
Officer Thao countered that their victim was “talking, he’s fine” and a bystander replied that Floyd “ain’t fine”. The bystander protested, “Get him off the ground … You could have put him in the car by now. He’s not resisting arrest or nothing. You’re enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language.”
As Floyd continued to cry for help, Thao said to bystanders, “This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.” Wait, what?! WTF.
After around 6 minutes, Floyd was motionless, but officers made no attempt to revive him. In fact, Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as emergency medical technicians arrived and attempted to treat him.
- If he was healthier he would have survived?!
Two autopsies determined Floyd’s death as homicide (a.k.a murder).
The Hennepin County medical examiner’s autopsy found that Floyd died from cardiac arrest during application of “neck compression”, also noting significant conditions like “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease; fentanyl intoxication; and recent methamphetamine use”.
So if he was healthier he might still be here? Fuck off.
An independent private autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family found that the “evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause” of death, with neck compression restricting blood flow to the brain, and back compression restricting breathing.
- The officers weren’t immediately charged with first degree
All four officers were fired the following day as global demonstrations, protests and riots began, to make a stand against use of excessive force by police officers and lack of police accountability. It can’t be forgotten though that we are in the midst of a global pandemic as people march in the streets and stand together in the park. The risk of a second wave is high but the world is pissed. And so we should be.
Four days later, on May 29, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Not good enough. It was first-degree murder in cold fucking blood.
It wasn’t until 3rd June that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison amended Chauvin’s charges to second degree murder, and the other three officers were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder.
So, a little about the officers…
Derek Michael Chauvin, age 44, had a history of abusing his power. As an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department since around 2001, he had racked up 18 complaints on his official record – including involvement in three police shootings, one of which was fatal.
Tou Thao, age 34, became a Minneapolis officer in 2012. In 8 years, 6 police conduct complaints had been filed against him, with none resulting in disciplinary action.
In 2014, he arrested an African-American man whose teeth were broken and he was hospitalised. The victim reported being handcuffed for no reason before being thrown to the ground and “punched, kicked, and kneed”, and humiliated. A lawsuit was settled out of court for $25,000.
J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Thomas K. Lane, 37, were licensed as law enforcement officers in August 2019. Neither had prior complaints on their records but they will be imprisoned for longer than they’ve been licensed. That cookie crumbled FAST.
- Some people are claiming it was a set up
It was all a set up ‘false flag’ to increase racial tensions, incite violence and ensure there’s a second wave which will kill off more people, apparently.
Bexar County Republican Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm shared an unfounded theory on Facebook that it was a “staged event” … Shit.
“I think there is at the very least the ‘possibility,’ that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the purpose of creating racial tensions,” Brehm wrote in a now-deleted post. This is why you should screenshot controversial posts you know won’t last long.
“You can draw your own conclusions, but this appears to have all the earmarks of George Soros. Please open your eyes.”
Nueces County Chairman Jim Kaelin and Harrison County GOP Chairman Lee Lester shared the same message and the governor and other chairpeople agree with Texans who are calling for the three to resign.
- Protests & riots are getting violent
This isn’t the first time police brutality has incited protests and riots. Countless children and adults have been murdered by US police and in 2014, another unarmed black man named Eric Garner repeated “I can’t breathe” before being murdered by a police officer in Staten Island, New York who had put him in a chokehold.
Protests get things done, let’s be honest. The suffragettes are a good example, working together to ensure future women would have the right to vote.
But during a pandemic which has killed over 100,000 people in America alone?
- Results of the protests
Chauvin’s charge was amended to include second degree murder, along with third degree and manslaughter, but it still isn’t good enough.
Police at some protests are getting nasty though. Instead of just arresting the ones taking it too far, they’re firing rubber bullets at everyone, with some people LOSING EYES. Children are being maced, with spray running down their faces. And the coronavirus could be spreading for a second wave.
The day after Floyd’s murder, protests in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area became violent as a police precinct and two stores went up in flames and stores were looted and damaged.
This has become common and police have been firing tear gas and rubber bullets, harming countless protesters, standers-by and people who unintentionally got caught up while trying to live their day-to-day life. One young man had to have his eye removed after being hit in the face by a rubber bullet.
Protests have reportedly been held in over 400 cities across all 50 US states – and globally.