FOR THE RECORD … the fact George Floyd died as he did makes me ill. His hands were handcuffed behind his back. He was absolutely defenseless, face down. He TOLD them he could not breathe. He pleaded. He called to his mom.
That’s a man who is dying, and dying horribly. It shouldn’t be done to anyone. EVER.
Given the opportunity, I’d personally pull the switch on the guy that killed him. You don’t murder a man for passing a bad twenty. Period. That’s not why you had a badge.
The three officers with him will, and should, spend the rest of their days regretting that they didn’t stop it. If they had it to do over, NOW, they probably would… but this is not a situation where you get do-overs. They failed as police, and as human beings.
Why, I don’t know, but they let the jerk slowly and painfully kill a man absolutely without cause. In broad daylight. On camera.
I can’t say what they were thinking, but that will forever be the 8 minute stretch that will define their entire life. For whatever reason, when they needed to stand for something, they chose to stand by.
This was a horrible, unjust, EVIL killing. Those who did it are now under arrest, and all involved MUST be brought to justice. [I hear the guy is a suicide risk now that he’s in jail. I can’t for the life of me find a downside to that.]
I do not however see any nexus whatsoever with being angry that this was done and the act of burning police cars, stealing TVs, throwing bricks at others, destroying people’s businesses, or attacking total strangers.
Enough of this riot garbage. It isn’t helping. There’s near universal agreement this was a crime. Time to let the legal system do their job.