After paying twenty-seven million dollars to George Floyd’s family, the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota continued the criminal trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin where he is being charged with murder and manslaughter. Witness after witness reviewed the tape and concluded that the cause of death was asphyxia, rather than any illegal drugs in George Floyd’s system.
The witnesses have included a number of Minneapolis’ police officers including the Chief of Police, Medaria Arredondo. The officers have concluded that the death of George Floyd was a result of being strangled with Derek Chauvin’s knee bearing down on George Floyd’s neck, for over nine minutes.
Each of the witnesses broke down in tears on reviewing and testifying on the video of George Floyd’s murder.
Many of the witnesses called the Police on the Police due to their observed misuse of Police Power against its’ citizens. Witnesses apologized to George Floyd for their failure and inability to help him in his time of distress.
The then seventeen-year-old female that videotaped the event stated she had lost sleep over not being able to do more to help him. Charles McMillian, a sixty-one year old man, cried uncontrollably, as he recounted the killing of Mr. Floyd. A 911 operator, and a licensed firefighter trained in first aide and resuscitation, were denied the opportunity to help, while Derek Chauvin, with his hands in his pocket, strangled George Floyd.
With more than twenty cries that he couldn’t breathe from Mr. Floyd, Derek Chauvin relaxed as he calmly choked the life out of Floyd while nonchalantly saying. “Get up”, as he held Mr. Floyd down, with the help of three other officers.
George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courtney Ross tearfully told of how gentle Mr. Floyd was and how he asked her to pray with him when they first met. She acknowledged his use of drugs for the pain he suffered in his back and how she took the drugs for her neck. A review of the video where George sang and even danced, just before he was killed proved he was not under the influence of drugs to a degree that he couldn’t function.
Nothing about his pre-existing condition or the noise of the crowd caused his death. All the expert witnesses testified that it was former Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck caused his death. The death of George Floyd should make the people feel that they are free to do the right thing and fear not those things that are not promised to the world. The trial will have its result for the world to see.
As a secondary issue, the trial of America is underway, kicked off with the January sixth Trump Riot and the right to vote. Hopefully, those will end up just as the Chauvin trial will end, hopefully with the leader going to prison, lest America be lost.
Unbelievably, during the trial of former Officer Chauvin, in Minnesota, another young black male, Duante Wright, was shot and killed by the Minnesota police. The first accounts of this shooting indicate that the officer intended to tase the young man but “mistakenly” pulled her gun instead and shot him causing his death. It makes me wonder why she can’t tell the difference between a live loaded gun and a Taser, especially by a twenty-six year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. Everybody is angry because the authorities say there was a mistake, but another mother’s son is dead, essentially for driving while black. This is at least manslaughter. “OOPS, I shot him” may be murder, if it’s implicit bias. This death was the result of being stopped for a traffic violation. One black man dead named George, why not make it two?
These two events were preceded by the December 2020 arrest and pepper-spraying of a US Army Lieutenant for an alleged misdemeanor of having no license tags on his new car. It was a new car and had temporary tags taped in his window. He had just gotten the car. We were and are in a pandemic. Public offices such as the DMV are closed during the pandemic. The official tags had not come yet. Maybe to these cops, this black man didn’t deserve a new car.
It seems that cops have gone wild. There seems to be an unlimited number of black men, whether driving cars, standing on sidewalks, trying to pass counterfeit money, cops are killing them and juries will find a way to let officers go home. In the words of Civil Rights Heroine, Fannie Lou Hamer, 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'.