How George Floyd, black African-American victim of racism died in the hands of a white police officer

How George Floyd, black African-American victim of racism died in the hands of a white police officer
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Of course, the death of George Floyd and several stories that follow suit, actually took the whole of this week, as many black Americans were seen condemning and protesting against the ill treatment that led to his death.

Media are not left out, as the likes of Cable Television, CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, Washington post and other international cum local newspapers, radios and televisions, schedule programmes and news beats around George Floyd.

Yes, he is dead, but many cannot give an account of how he died.

Below is the story of how Floyd was allegedly murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis.

On Monday evening, police in Minneapolis were called about someone trying to pass a counterfeit bill at Cup Foods, a neighbourhood grocery store.

Two officers responded to the alleged forgery in progress, saw a man matching the suspect’s description and ordered him out of his car. He complied but then, according to police, “physically resisted.”

What we know next comes from a bystander video on Facebook Live which circulated widely, showing a white officer with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man.

He is pinned down, his cheek pressed into the asphalt of the street just behind the right rear tire of the Minneapolis Police SUV. If he had resisted, he is not resisting now. Clearly, he cannot. It’s a horrific video. But in too many ways, it’s a rerun.

“Please, please. I can’t breathe,” Floyd rasps out on the smartphone video. He moans. “I can’t breathe, officer.” A bystander off-screen addresses the officers: “He is human, bro.”

As one officer continues to kneel on Floyd’s neck, his partner turns his back on the scene to motion spectators to step back. Floyd? He’s his partner’s problem.

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In the meantime, Floyd has stopped talking. Even underweight of the officer’s knee, he had managed to move his head a bit. Now he moves less and less. Five minutes into the 10-minute video, he is motionless. “Check for a pulse, please,” a female voice calls from outside the frame.

Miffed with the cause of his death, protesters came out in large numbers to protest against his death.

Crowds shattered windows and charged over a fence overnight to get access to 3rd Police Precinct. They chanted George Floyd’s name and “I can’t breathe,” marching past buildings engulfed in smoke and orange flames.

Officers were overpowered which resulted to setting ablaze, the police station. However, after hours of waiting for the Mayor to react and restore peace back to Minneapolis, President Donald Trump swerved into action and sent for the National Guard to Minneapolis to stop protesters.

His words, “I can’t stand back and watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard and get the job done right.

“The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory”.

Moreover, on the line of duty, a CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez was arrested for covering the protest.

Mr Jimenez was in Minneapolis, reporting on the third night of violent protests over the death of George Floyd. On Tuesday a video emerged, showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, despite him saying he could not breathe.

Mr Jimenez was reporting live on an arrest happening in the area where a police station was burnt out.

After the crew caught the arrest on camera, police officers started moving towards them and instructed them to move.

On the video, Mr Jimenez identifies himself as a CNN journalist and can be heard telling the officers: “We can move back to where you’d like here. We are live on the air at the moment.”

An officer in riot gear then says, “You are under arrest” and leads him away in handcuffs.

Reacting, CNN called the arrests a “clear violation of their First Amendment rights” in a tweet. The First Amendment to the US constitution protects freedom of speech and of association.


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