On the 25th of May a 46 year old in Minneapolis paid for goods at a local convenience store with a counterfeit 20 dollar bill.
Parked in a car, the local store staff came and confronted him about it.
They then left and called the police.
A squad car arrived and the two police pulled the man from his car and handcuffed him.
The man was tall and big, strong and heavy but he was compliant for the most part if anxious and unsteady on his feet.
When taken to be placed in the squad car the man fell to the ground and cited claustrophobia.
Another squad car arrived.
Two further police officers came to aid in the arrest.
One of them knelt on the handcuffed man’s neck as a group of people observed and started to protest what was happening.
The man called out for his mother and said he could not breathe. He passed out.
The people nearby urged the police officer on his neck to take his knee off the man’s neck.
When they moved towards him he pulled out his mace to scare them back.
This was the only real action and vocal engagement the officer with his knee on the man’s neck did with the group.
He sat with his knee on the neck for the most part with his hands in his pockets.
Aware he was being filmed he appeared calm, like he had done this before, like this was no big deal.
Paramedics arrived and as the EMT went to work checking the man’s pulse his knee remained on the neck for another two minutes.
When the man was finally loaded on a stretcher he lifted his knee.
That knee had been on that neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
The man George Floyd died.
He was a father. He was a husband. He was a truck driver and bouncer by trade.
This murder in Minneapolis involving a small group of people kicked off by a counterfeit $20 dollar bill would have far ranging impacts in the days ahead around the world.
Particularly in the United States of America at a time when the nation was suffering greatly already.