On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old African-American man George Floyd allegedly attempting to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Minneapolis police officer Derek Michael Chauvin, a white man, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, which caused Floyd to become unconscious from lack of oxygen.
Three other officers were present, none of which attempted to protect Floyd from such abuse. The other three officers were:
As of Sunday, May 31, 2020, murderer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Murder, which is a perceived attempt to protect the officer, and the other three officers have not been charged, creating riots and protests around the world. Hundreds of millions in property destruction have taken place, protesters have died (number unknown), with the total cost unknown at this time.
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, Minnesota Governor announced that the Minnesota Attorney General would be taking charge of the case and expediting justice. However, many are even more frustrated that it took the riots and protests to spark the authorities into action, which has been the city’s normal procedure, if not the state.
This tragic event has established unprecedented events and created new expectations in the country. Many projects that police brutality cases are isolated, blaming this situation on a few bad apples, but facts appear to contradict this CYA approach.
Ex-Police Officer Derek Chauvin had a history of aggressive behavior, including three police shootings, one resulting in death. He has been reprimanded multiple times, which leaves the appearance that the supervisors in charge ignored abusive behavior signs. Many feel that those in charge of oversight should be held accountable as well.
The incident was caught on video, shown below, but the local prosecutor was still taking too much time to prosecute the officers involved. The video surfaced almost immediately. The event occurred on May 25th, and Hennepin County attorney, Michael O. Freeman, stated that charges were anticipated against the other officers. Still, as of May 31st, no charges have been filed, sparking what feels like a never-ending stream of riots and protests around the world.
President Trump and certain cabinet members have suggested that these types of situations occur routinely within our government of all levels. Russian investigation revolving around Trump, Michael Flynn, and the list goes on and on. In contrast, one cannot support the severity of these riots, many protesters and making obvious attempts to be heard and willing to risk everything to be heard and create a fair atmosphere.
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Floyd was a native of Houston, Texas. He attended Yates High School and participated in multiple sports, graduating in 1993.
He was a rapper with the group “Screwed Up Click” and worked alone under the name of “Big Floyd.”
Floyd was sentenced to 5 years in prison for aggravated robber with a deadly weapon.
Floyd moved to Minnesota in approximately 2014. He lived in St. Louis Park and worked in a local restaurant as a security guard for approximately five years.
At the time of his death, Floyd was unemployed, having lost his job due to the coronavirus lock-down.
Floyd was the father of two daughters, ages 2 and 22, living in Houston, Texas.