George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin as he kneeled on Mr. Floyd's neck - while he laid with his hands cuffed behind his back, face down - choking him for nearly NINE minutes.
THE MAIN ISSUES:
Mr. Floyd likely would not have even been suspected by the store clerk, nor would he have been handcuffed by the police for an alleged fake $20 bill, if he were a white man. That, very simply, is racism.
He certainly would not have been killed for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill, and the other three officers probably would have intervened, if Mr. Floyd were a white man. And that, in a nutshell, is what Black Lives Matter is all about.
Onlookers were helpless. If you are a person of color and you attempt to intervene in a police action, you will likely be tased and arrested at the least, and probably worse. There was nothing they could do except plead, film and pray.
While Chauvin was finally arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder (now upgraded to 2nd degree), the remaining three officers -- who CHOSE not to protect Mr. Floyd, even though they had a legal duty to do so -- were not arrested until June 3rd.
This, combined with numerous additional cases of black lives lost such as Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of corrupt police officers, necessitates changes to the criminal justice system
PEACEFUL PROTESTS are called for and dominate the day, but some infiltrate them to steal and light fires, to cause chaos, frame the Black Lives Matter movement, get people to turn on each other and distract us from the lawful and largely police supported protests.
That's right - the vast majority of police officers, police chiefs, state police, mayors and governors across the country agree that what was done to George Floyd was unwarranted and unlawful. They have the courage to speak out against corrupt police, and they kneel with the protestors in their right to demand justice.
And, as the image of protesters shows, this is a battle for all to fight. We must be in this together.