The recent incident of the death of George Floyd has led us to question humanity. On 25 May 2020, an African-American man George Floyd died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was apparently accused of using a fake $20 bill at a market.
The Brutality with no Bounds:
It was not the arrest but the heinous manner of arresting, which led him to lose his life. During his arrest, George was handcuffed and lying down on a street while a white American Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Other police officers kept holding his back and legs, and one officer prevented any intervention from onlookers. While on the other hand, several bystanders recorded the incident with one video showing Floyd repeating “Please,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Don’t Kill Me,” which has been widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast media.
Post-mortem reports declare Homicide:
Two autopsies of George Floyd declares his death as Homicide. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded that Floyd died from a cardiac arrest while being restrained with “neck compression”.
It reasoned Floyd’s death due to “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression”. An independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family found that Floyd’s death was “caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
All four officers have been fired the day after the incident with the FBI and The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) conducting their investigation. The accused officer Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for Floyd’s death on 29 May.
Protest all over the United States:
The incident has resulted in rage and protests in the US despite President Trump’s threat to use the military to put an end to such unrest. More than 75 cities have protested against the unjust death of Floyd.
Protests against police brutality have taken place in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Mashhad, Milan, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Des Moines, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Charlotte, North Carolina, Oakland, Portland, Oregon, San Jose, Seattle and outside the White House in Washington with many cases on attacks on journalists and protesters.
Singer Halsey hit with Rubber Bullet:
American Singer Halsey, who joined the protest in Los Angeles, shared the incident by stating she was twice, once by pellets, and once by shrapnel as the protesters were gassed repeatedly for hours. This incident follows Kendrick Sampson’s allegations that he was struck by rubber pellets amid protests in Los Angeles.
Halsey, who claims the protest to be ‘peaceful’ captions her image as “We were peaceful hands up not moving not breaching the line. They opened fire of rubber bullets and tore gas multiple times on us. Citizens who were not provoking them.” She further says, “Most of us were simply begging them to have empathy. To reconsider. To consider humanity and our nation’s history and future.
They opened fire multiple times.” The singer is unharmed and encourages her followers to donate to the bail fund, “There were people I had to get to safety as many of them have visas. Myself + many of my peers were shot, gassed + antagonized,”
This dreadful incident has certainly left everyone in shock, but neither protesting in a violent manner nor attacking peaceful protestors is the solution to change the mindset.