Draw what conclusions you see fit, but there are more facts regarding the death of George Floyd than can be seen on a nine minute video.
First and foremost, George Floyd is dead. The manner of death is something, at a minimum, was difficult to watch. At a maximum, more than a few are literally fighting mad.
As noted from Britain’s The Daily Mail (US media is widely silent), George Floyd had quite the criminal record when he resided in the Lone Star State. As evidenced by the state of Texas starting with a charge of cocaine possession, then ending with Floyd’s 10-year long criminal record as well as his judgement of conviction when charged with First Degree Felony; Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.
At one end of the spectrum would be a sympathetic report from the Texas Monthly; regarding a memorial rally planned for Floyd from a longtime friend in Houston (emphasis mine); “An anguished Milton Carney, who had organized the rally, shook his head as he told reporters about the friend he had known since the sixth grade: ‘Anybody who knows him will tell you he’s not a confrontational person.‘”
However, as The Daily Mail cited in their reporting of what led-up to Floyd’s prison sentencing (emphasis mine);
Floyd pleaded guilty to the robbery where another suspect posed as a worker for the local water department, wearing a blue uniform in an attempt to gain access to the woman’s home, according to the charging document.
But when the woman opened the door, she realized he was not with the water department and attempted to close the door, leading to a struggle.
At that time, a Ford Explorer pulled up to the home and five other males exited the car and went up to the front door.
The report states the largest of the group, who the victim later identified as Floyd, ‘forced his way inside the residence, placed a pistol against the complainant’s abdomen, and forced her into the living room area of the residence.
‘This large suspect then proceeded to search the residence while another armed suspect guarded the complainant, who was struck in the head and sides by this second armed suspect with his pistol while she screamed for help.’
Not finding any drugs or money at the house, the men took jewelry and the woman’s cell phone and fled in their car. A neighbor who witnessed the robbery took down the car’s license plate number.
Later, police tracked down the car and found Floyd behind the wheel. He was later identified by the woman as the large suspect who placed a gun against her stomach and forced her into her living room, the document states.
No doubt I’m going to take heat for this, but not only does Derek Chauvin deserve a fair and objective investigation and trial, the other three now fired ex-officers involved; Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng (both are of East Asian lineage) as well as Thomas Lane (a black man), also deserve fair and objective investigations and possible trials.
After all, even the Waffen SS troops under the command of Obersturmbannführer Joachim Peiper who slaughtered nearly 500 Allied POWs and Belgian civilians (known to history as the Malmedy Massacres), even they received a fair trial.
Fittingly, 73 members of the Kampfgruppe Peiper who were tried;
- 43 sentenced to death by hanging, including Peiper
- 22 sentenced to life imprisonment
- 2 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment
- 1 sentenced to 15 years
- 5 sentenced to 10 years
On a very personal note, I’m just one generation away from genocide. During WWII, the occupying Japanese Forces rounded up the population of Guam, a US territory, with the goal of slaughtering the entire population. To include my mother, grandparents, all my uncles and aunts, and obviously, many numerous first, second and third cousins and beyond.
Sadly, hundreds of Guamanians were executed, tortured, raped, used as slave labor, etc. Amongst those killed by the Japanese was by second cousin, Father Jesus Baza Duenas, who was tortured and eventually beheaded for refusing to turn over Radioman Second Class George Tweed, US Navy, who had been hiding in the jungle since the Japanese invasion.
Even those Japanese implicated in the atrocities were given a fair trial.
One other thing to keep in mind; when arrested, Floyd was in the commission of a federal crime (attempting to pass a counterfeit note), punishable by up to 25-years in federal prison. So much for turning his back on his prior life of crime.
None of us know why the four ex-cops employed such an extreme takedown move. Just a few short days ago I cited that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner reported that Floyd didn’t die from asphyxiation, but rather from “his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”
Again, why did the four arresting officers employ such aggressive tactics, especially with an openly hostile crowd screaming and filming everything? Was Floyd high on PCP? Was he threatening to kill the people he tried to pass-off his funny money and/or police?
No… none of us know. That is until a fair and objective investigation and trial takes place.
If the fired officers are found to be guilty of abusing their authority that lead to the death of a compliant suspect, then they deserve whatever punishment is meted out to them.
They won’t get a lick of sympathy from me. Period. In the meantime, the US Constitution still has a presumption of innocence, regardless of how angry a nine-minute video makes you.