Last night, George Floyd was murdered by the police. He was already under arrest, restrained, and laying on the ground when an officer of the law chose to kneel on Floyd’s neck and back. Brazenly, the police killed Floyd in front of a crowd of onlookers. There was video, which is likely the only reason why the world knows that this happened.
Floyd can be heard saying in the video: “Please, please, I cannot breathe.”
The officer tells Floyd to “relax”.
Floyd responds: “I can’t breathe. Please, the knee in my neck.”
The officer continues to hold down Floyd with his knee for several minutes, with Floyd pleading and asking for water.
“My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe,” Floyd cries out, while moaning and trying to cough.
Floyd eventually appears motionless under the officer’s knee.
Those who were watching the incident unfold can be heard begging police to move off Floyd.
“He’s not f****** moving,” an onlooker can be heard saying. “Get off of his f****** neck.”AlJazeera because they don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican
These cops knew what they were doing. They know that kneeling on someone’s neck will lead to suffocation and death. It has happened so many times already that police departments must be giving seminars on how to avoid killing people while arresting them. At least we HOPE they are doing that. Just like there should be enrichment classes on how to tell the difference between one’s pistol and their taser.
Yeah, I suppose they look so much alike that it is easy to mix them up. Especially for a trigger happy dumbass that has an unreasonable fear of black people. Can’t they find smarter people to serve on these police forces? Wouldn’t it be great if all police recruits were required to hold a degree in intersectional-anti-racist-feminist ideology with a minor in civil rights studies? That would be so great. Why can’t we have nice things like that?
Since police departments can’t seem to attract educated recruits that are NOT embracing their inner racist, is it possible that they can be better regulated? Maybe they need to keep their bullet in their shirt pocket to ensure they do not ‘accidentally’ fire their weapon at someone who is already in handcuffs and laying face down on the ground. If dumbass cops kept their bullet in their shirt pocket, men like Eric Harris and Oscar Grant would be alive today.
Of course, taking away their guns does not seem to be able to stop bad cops from killing black men with their bare hands. Just ask Eric Garner or Malice Green or Freddie Gray. Oh, wait. You can’t ask them because they mysteriously ended up dead after a cop “just wanted to talk”.
Now, not every cop is bad. Some cops are okay, but there are so many bad cops that excessive police brutality is a national crisis. That means that the good cops have a responsibility to keep the bad cops in check. That doesn’t seem to be happening. Instead, police departments are protecting the bad cops.
Robocop is the nickname for a brutal Michigan cop who liked to beat people up. Despite his reputation, Robocop, real name William Melendez, was shuffled from community to community. He was only stopped after he pulled Floyd Dent out of his car with a chokehold and punched him in the head 16 times.
An investigation by the Detroit Free Press turned up some interesting facts. Not only are brutal cops moved to another community after getting caught beating on someone, but they tend to be moved to the region’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
The Free Press investigation found:
A stunning recurrence of problem cops left on the street because they are protected by a system of city officials, labor arbitrators or sympathetic chiefs who don’t end officers’ careers when given the chance. This allows them to move to other communities with no state intervention.
Police officers are among the most protected public employees in the state. Laws, unions, judges and city leaders where the cops work often shield their disciplinary records and, in some cases, basic information like their names. Judges overseeing civil lawsuits routinely agree to seal records.
Poor communities, some with heavily minority populations, are magnets for problem cops. In competition with more affluent communities, these departments lose out, in part, because jobs are sometimes part-time and lower paying. The Detroit enclave of Highland Park, for example, has employed a litany of these types of officers.
Really? Is this the world we are living in? One where the worst cops are assigned to police and suppress the most vulnerable populations? This is institutionalized racism at work and it is not okay.
Crap like this is WHY Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem. He is fully aware that the U.S. is imploding due to social inequality and institutionalized racism, and he was brave enough to say something about it.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, referencing a series of African-American deaths caused by law enforcement that led to the Black Lives Matter movement and adding that he would continue to protest until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”Colin Kaepernick
We all know what kind of backlash that Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement has had. The one bright spot of this backlash is that the message of Black Lives Matter has reached far and wide and a Colin Kaepernick is a household name. Still, what has this higher profile achieved? Police brutality remains a daily problem. Black men are still disproportionately dying by the hands of of bad cops. Institutionalized racism does not seem to be subsiding.
Even WORSE, people like Amy Cooper have come to the realization that if they dial 911, some bad cops are likely to respond and give a beating to the person that dares to annoy them. People like Amy Cooper know that the beating might turn into a death. Do they think this is how they will keep the upstarts under control?
So next time some #Karen calls the police to complain that someone is jogging while black, barbecuing while black, talking back while black, sleeping in a common room while black, babysitting while black, being in a white neighborhood while black, cashing a paycheck while black, sitting in Starbucks while black, mowing lawns while black, or pretty much doing anything while black–KNOW THAT THEY KNOW THE POLICE COULD COME AND KILL the person that is annoying them.
It’s attempted murder and its not okay. The only way to stop this is to start charging people for making false reports. The fact that Amy Cooper was fired is a start, but its not enough.