DAY TWO & DAY THREE (5/26/2020-5/27/2020)
Being black in America, it’s hard for some to express even the hard parts of black culture that white America loves, but they too hate to reveal the hard part of enjoying a lifestyle they despise the people. As black people, there is a constant threat to black lives, the life of children, and the life of black men and women’s lives. Also, never forgetting our other minorities that this happens to daily as well, and it’s not in the media. Grateful that George Floyds’ murder filmed that day. We all have witnessed video footage means very little—however, the impact of watching public execution. The result of the protest is a result of an outcry from we the people. Not just for police brutality against black people, but hurt from watching a man beg for his life, the people
On May 25th, 2020, speculated around 8:00 pm on the intersection of Chicago and E 38th street. George Floyd went to Cup Foods, a neighborhood grocery store. Mr. Floyd accused of using counterfeit money around the amount of $20.00 when the police arrived, leaving us with so many different angles to watch such a tragic, pointless, inhumane murder. George Floyd, 46 years old coming from the home state of Texas. George Floyd relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota for change, to do better for his children. Several friends and family of George Floyd said he was a gentle soul. An amazing brother, son, uncle, friend, fiance, just a good guy overall.
As Malcolm X said, “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.” These words speak volumes about how the police will protect their own at all costs. The riots, protest, and looting or whatever the people want to pay attention to should show that this generation is tired and will protect our own at all costs. Instead of arresting a man who murdered a man live, the police would instead allow a city to burn. Rather than protect the community and stop the man who killed a black man on the street days ago. Arrest the man, charge him, and start the trial procedure. It is impossible to understand when the community, the people, and all across the world witness Public Execution. The murderer can walk free, but if history shows correctly, he would not be the first murderer to protect the police. Public execution ended on August 14th, 1936, after the public execution of Rainey Bethea in Owensboro, KY. However, what we witnessed on May 25th for some and May 26th, 2020, was the public execution of a man who was handcuffed on the ground, not resisting murdered by four police officers. One with a knee on his neck for over eight minutes while rocking back and forth.
We are seeing people talk about the current events complaining about looting and burning buildings. Let us run down a series of events that took place before we got to this place we are today., we protested peacefully for years. For example, Colin Kaepernick lost his career behind a silent protest against this very topic of Police Brutality. Which was later used by Donald Trump for political gain and hateful language referring to those who kneel as "Sons of a Bitches." Also, stating that these silent, peaceful forms of protesting were disrespecting our American Flag. An American Flag most could not even tell others what the stripes mean on the Flag.
An ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran cop who worked for Hennepin County Police Department in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the man on video seen with his knee on George Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. On May 26th, 2020, was fired from his job. Confused how he can only be "fired," yet he murdered for the world to see. Derek has had over Eighteen complaints against his conduct that have previously filed complaints against Derek Chauvin; however, he only got a slap on the wrist for two of those Eighteen complaints. As of May 29th, 2020, Chauvin charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Those who do not know what that means let us add the definition as well:
Third Degree Murder- Denoting the least severe category of a crime, especially murder. (Third-Degree: 2020, Lexico https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/third-degree)
Manslaughter- The crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought, or otherwise in the circumstances not amounting to murder. (Manslaughter: 2020, Lexico https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/manslaughter)
According to Minnesota law third degree, murder charges hold a maximum sentence of up to 25 years. Manslaughter charges can hold a maximum sentence of up to 10 years. These charges do not reflect the crime that we all saw on the video. Regardless, how you spin it, George Floyd was publicly executed by police officer Derek Chauvin, a veteran cop for the Hennepin County Police Department for almost twenty years.
In the past day, we have learned that the autopsy report that the medical examiner in Minnesota has concluded that Mr. Floyd has some preexisting conditions like coronary artery disease and hypertension. The family of Mr. Floyd and their attorney Ben Crump have expressed that the family does not trust Hennepin County to do their job correctly and has since sought out a private medical examiner, former New York medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden.
Third-Degree: Definition of Third-Degree by Lexico
Manslaughter: Definition of Manslaughter by Lexico
Artist Unknown: Picture taken by Nia On Air