COVID-19 DIARY – I CAN’T BREATHE

George Floyd honoured at first memorial service in Minneapolis ...

 

25 May

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.

He was also a convicted criminal who had in 2007 invaded a home and held a gun to a pregnant’ woman’s belly to steal.

He served five years in prison and became reformed upon release.

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.

-Lloyd Marken

 

 

6 thoughts on “COVID-19 DIARY – I CAN’T BREATHE

  1. Floyd’s killing has indeed sparked off a world-wide movement for change. Unlike so many other police-involved killings, the furore is continuing unabated, with demonstrations far and wide. No doubt the eventual trial of the police officer who murdered him will serve to regnite the issue once more.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. This man should not have died. But, the record of his life does not warrant the chaos created because of him. I blame much of it on the boredom created by the virus.
    Floyd and the cop had past experience with each other. Floyd had a criminal history. The cop has had many complaints about him in the past. This should have been – an innocent man was killed by a bad cop and the cop charged with murder. Plain and simple. Riots, looting, burning down cities, protests blocking traffic and destroying businesses – that’s mob mentality – and should be treated as the crimes they are.

    1. Rioting and looting are very different to protesting. One i support, the others i do not. Sadly i do think often in America one follows the other. The pandemic complicates things further. We cant gather socially but we can protest. Ill cover a bit of my thoughts on this in some upcoming posts but for now i guess my feelings on this incident are it was murder, it was wrong and it should not have happened and I hope justice eventually prevails.

  3. I would agree with Lloyd. The policeman, who apparently had a record of doing bad things much longer than George Floyd’s, is guilty of murder in my opinion.
    The question to ask yourself is “Is the penalty for what George Floyd did, even the counterfeit banknote, is the penalty for doing that death?? And if the answer is “No”. Then it’s certainly murder.
    There’s certainly no way the policeman was doing anything accidentally.

    1. Thank you John, like I wrote, this small incident led to a much larger series of events. It makes me sad but others it connects to something they’re vert angry about and then the fuse is lit.

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