The death of George Floyd, an African-American man, occurred in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, while Chauvin had his knee on his neck. The three other arresting officers were identified as Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng.
The police ask Floyd, “What do you want?” Floyd answers, “I can’t breathe.”
Floyd states: “Please, the knee in my neck, I can’t breathe.
Not long ago, I watched LA 92, a documentary about Rodney King and the trial of the police officers who were caught beating him. What started off as a case of police brutality turned into full scale riots and millions (or maybe even billions) in damages.
The most poignant moment of the documentary for me was footage of Rodney King asking the rioters to stop. Whether he was asked to do that, or he volunteered, I don’t know. What I do know is that by the time he showed up again in the documentary, it was almost as if I’d been focused on a new event entirely.
I bring that up to say that the people rioting and looting are a distraction. Their behaviour is opportunistic and unwarranted and I don’t think that people who protest peacefully should be misaligned with them. Continue reading “George Floyd”