Millennials & Gen Z Lead the Way
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.
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.