The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement, Part 1

Millennials & Gen Z Lead the Way

Mr George Floyd

As we all know, or should know, George Floyd was murdered by four Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, and that it was captured on cellphone video. Mr Floyd was arrested by police for allegedly using a counterfeit twenty dollar bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. For this heinous offense, Mr Floyd paid with a death penalty being imposed on him. He was “tried”, “convicted”, and “executed” by members of the Minneapolis “Thin Blue Line.”

Mr Floyd was prone on the ground, handcuffed, and had ex-police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck. This lasted for well over eight minutes. Mr Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe,” but was ignored by the four officers. Ex-officers Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane stood by observing while Chauvin murdered Mr Floyd. Not one of them rendered any assistance to Mr Floyd to save his life.

From left to right Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane

Mr Floyd is just one more name in a long and sad list of African Americans killed by police in America, with many of the police being found not guilty by a jury or never charged with a crime. Finally, after nine days, all four Minneapolis ex-officers have been charged by the Minnesota Attorney General. Chauvin, originally charged with 3rd degree murder, is now charged with 2nd degree murder. The other three ex-officers have been charged with aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder. Each faces the maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. At least, unlike Mr Floyd, they will get to breathe.

What Constitution?

Today starts a new type of blog posts I will make from time to time. I call these “Blog Shorts” and they will generally be no more than 500 words.

What the hell is wrong with the police forces in America? I have watched the news videos showing acts of violence committed by police officers around the country. The indiscriminate use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other “weapons” to assault our citizens protesting across the nation is wrong!

I have watched Atlanta police officers tazer and rip two people from a car, for no recognizable reason. The fact is that the six officers now have warrants out for their arrest on a variety of charges. I hope they all are feeling nervous about their futures. They earned it.

I have watched an NYPD patrol car drive through a group of protestors, watching as some of the protestors rolled off the hood of the vehicle. There isn’t a valid reason for this kind of act. The officer, or officers, in that vehicle need to be charged.

I listened to President Trump speak to the American public on how he is a “law and order” president. He warned the nation that he will, if necessary, be “dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.” He stated that the streets would be dominated in the cities.

I then watched protestors in Washington, outside the White House, as a line of federal riot police suddenly charged into the protestors nearby. Tear gas was tossed among them, shields were used to assault peaceful protestors, along with rubber bullets. This occurred about 25 minutes prior to the start of a 7pm curfew. Then I watched President Trump walk across the street to stand before the Episcopal Church sign and hold up a Bible (held backwards and upside-down). The attack on the protestors exercising their rights was simply so President Trump could get his photo opportunity. I guess his rights trumps (pun intended) the protestors.

These are just some of the scenes I watched. President Trump refuses to attempt to try and calm the nation. If he thinks his Rose Garden speech is going to stop the protests, he should think again. If anything it will increase the protests, maybe adding President Trump’s own lawlessness as a reason to be on the streets protesting.

The President is a coward and is scared. Be scared. Be very, very scared. November approaches. It is with the greatest hope that you will be defeated and sent packing by Joe Biden.

As for law enforcement agencies with officers tarnishing the reputations of departments across the country. Every cop using excessive force of any kind should be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed to the maximum extent of the law. Then, and only then, departments can begin to try and reestablish positive relations in the communities they police.

Until next time