George Floyd is the latest victim of police brutality and racial profiling in the USA. Following his tragic death in the hands of the Minneapolis police on Monday the 25th May, hundreds of protestors have stepped out to the streets of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Los Angeles. The protests have also spread to the rest of the country and a sense of frustration, outrage, and grief is palpable around anyone with a conscience.
The whole episode began when a store clerk from the vicinity of the ‘Floyd incident’ made a 911 call about someone, possibly drunk, trying to pay for a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. The released contents of the 911 call reveal that the caller describes the alleged perpetrator as a ‘black guy,’ and ‘tall and bald, about like 6, 6 ½.’ The account also stated that the person was currently seated in his blue van.
Following this call, the responding officers found Floyd who fitted the suspect’s description; he had just finished shopping for groceries at Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue South. Moments later, an unarmed and handcuffed Floyd was seen apprehended by Officer Derek Chauvin. Video footages of bystanders reveal the white cop’s knee pressing into the back of Floyd’s neck, as he lay face down on the ground, gasping for breath and begging for mercy. Floyd’s painful last words were ‘Please, I can’t breathe.’
This abomination meted out by Chauvin continued for at least 4 minutes before the 46-year-old Floyd stopped moving altogether. The other officers involved in the incident are Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng. Following the tragic death of Floyd, the Minneapolis Police fired all officers involved in this act of brutality, from the department. The Mayor of the state and the general public continue to demand justice on behalf of Floyd, and call for the charging and arrests of all involved.
Reports have also emerged that Floyd and Chauvin were former colleagues who had worked as security detail personnel at the El Nuevo Rodeo Club in 2019.
Floyd the father of two girls was a truck driver and worked in security. His youngest daughter is six years old. On the day of his untimely and unfair demise, he was supposed to meet with a friend to discuss getting involved in MAD DADS – Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder.