A Nation Gasping For Air


I deplore profanity.

 

A couple of days ago President Trump expressed the desire to declare the Antifa-instigators of violence, rioting and looting after the tragic murder of George Floyd by then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin a domestic terrorist organization. I then read and hear Dems and the MSM become outraged that President Trump deplores property and person being violently assaulted.

 

When I heard and read these idiots defend Antifa violence, my first reaction was and is  – DAMN!

 

Rather than support Trump to protect property and people from these anti-American Communist Antifa thugs, the President receives criticism about the authority to act. Again – DAMN!

 

Maybe Dems and the MSM will pay attention when armed vigilantes begin protecting property and property owners threatened by Antifa or Antifa-inspired sheeple. How will vigilantes protect property and people against thugs? I’m not a rocket scientist but I suspect this is where the Second Amendment comes into play. YUP, LOOTING WILL LEAD TO SHOOTING!

 

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A Nation Gasping For Air

Riots Are Socially Destructive And Self-Defeating

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent June 1, 2020 1:32 AM

 

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind”  ~ Hosea 8:7

 

America’s cities are burning today, from New York to Philadelphia and Seattle to Nashville, (May 31st) still, after five days of chaos and anarchy, and rioters and looters are having a field day as they cart off toilet paper, liquor, 50″ HD televisions and electronics, proving that their actions are no longer focused on the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Thugs, criminals, communists and anarchists have forced the situation to devolve, and they act as if America’s cities owe them the courtesy of allowing them to loot and destroy whole cities, to make up for an array of grievances, both real and imagined, that emanate from the “social justice” crap so prevalent in our society today. And too many mayors, such as Nashville’s John Cooper, and governors, too, seem reticent to act to stop them. Even the most patriotic American, deep in their heart, would struggle to feel proud of their country and optimistic about its future after this week.

 

I full well understand the frustration and anger felt by those legitimate peaceful protesters, who only want to ensure that Floyd’s death isn’t simply shrugged off. Although I do believe a large element of racism still exists in America today, from many different segments of our society, Floyd’s death wasn’t any more egregious or horrendous than that of Tony Timpa, a 32 year old white man, who was murdered by Dallas Police, in 2016, as he pleaded for help thirty times. However, I also believe that a white person wouldn’t have been so sorely abused and mistreated by any police force, most usually, as Floyd was over a $20 counterfeit bill.

 

Floyd died telling police officers “I can’t breathe” and calling out for his mother. Eric Garner, a black man from New York, uttered the very same words just before his death, in 2014, caused by a police chokehold.

 

[Blog Editor: A 2nd autopsy from a former Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden has a different conclusion from Minneapolis Medical Examiner on George Floyd’s death:

 

EXCLUSIVE: George Floyd died “many minutes” before he was transferred to a stretcher and taken to a Minneapolis hospital, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden told Sean Hannity Monday.

 

Baden, one of two doctors to conduct an independent autopsy that concluded that Floyd died of asphyxiation at the hands of local police on May 25, told Fox News that medics “tried to do CPR with him [Floyd] in the ambulance, but were unable to find a pulse.

 

“He had a cardiac arrest and they tried to shock him and the shocks didn’t work,” Baden added. “He was dead before they put him on the stretcher … many minutes before he gets to the hospital.”

 

GEORGE FLOYD’S FAMILY RELEASES INDEPENDENT AUTOPSY SHOWING DEATH BY ASFIXIATION 

 

According to the independent autopsy report released by Floyd’s family, he died of asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.

 

Preliminary results from the official autopsy, which were included in a criminal complaint against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes in the now-viral video — said officials had found nothing “to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” On Monday, an updated autopsy report classified Floyd’s death as a homicide and listed the cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” … READ ENTIRETYDr. Michael Baden says George Floyd was dead ‘many minutes’ before he was transferred to hospital; By Yael Halon; Fox News; 6/1/20]

 

Now, America is on fire. All across America we see images of cars and buildings ablaze. Giant balls of flame erupt and the streets are choked with black smoke blanketing the sky. Protesters throw fire-extinguishers, knives, bottles and rocks at police, and grocery and department stores are being looted.

 

I thought the good people of Nashville might actually avoid getting sucked into the madness of the maddening masses’ ignorance, but evil knows no limit and leaves nothing in this world untouched, so I was obviously hoping for too much. Many of us were shocked to see a supposed “peaceful protest” turn ugly within a matter of just a couple of hours, with rioters setting the Nashville Courthouse ablaze on May 30th and destroying a large swathe of Nashville’s Lower Broad tourist area.

 

Nashville, Tenn. – A crowd outside Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse looks at fires inside the building. (Photo: John Partipilo)

 

Incredibly, the “peaceful protest” in my hometown of Murfreesboro, TN led to the city being placed under a “state of emergency” by Governor Bill Lee and Mayor Shane McFarland, after a prayer vigil and protest on Sunday, March 31st, “turned violent” and a police armored vehicle was vandalized and a brick was thrown through the window of Whiskey Dix’s business. At approximately 7:00 pm, McFarland ordered a curfew to go into effect, and about forty-five minutes later, Gov. Lee threw his support behind the move with his statement, that “the protests in Murfreesboro are no longer peaceful but have escalated to overt threats to public safety and property”. But overall, the situation was mild compared to other parts of the nation, thankfully.

 

No one should condone the violence spreading across this country, as an answer to George Floyd’s horrific murder. These riots that are tearing our cities apart, from Minneapolis to all points beyond, coast-to-coast, can and will only lead to more suffering, and it also overshadows the peaceful demonstrations actually in support of finding justice for George Floyd and his family, as the leftists, ANTIFA, communists and anarchists continue their quest for cosmic justice — the sort of justice they think will settle all scores of racial grievance for all time, which, of course, is unlikely to ever be settled by any means, until they have succeeded in completely destroying the founding principles of America.

 

[Blog Editor: Antifa is not interested in the principles of America’s Founding Documents, Principles nor Liberty. Antifa utilizes anarchy to complete a Communist transformation of America by any means necessary. Consider some truth you WILL NOT hear from complicit Dems or their propaganda MSM:

 

 

 

 

I am posting an important Trevor Loudon video exposé of Antifa at the end of Justin Smith’s submission]

 

What a sad day for America. I am disgusted and infuriated, not just by the murder of George Floyd, but even more so by the destruction that the ignorant mobs across the country are wreaking throughout nearly every major city. Their actions are not making America better and they certainly do not serve any real idea of justice, since the poor minority business owners, and white business owners, too, such as Ed Smith, owner of Big Time Boots in Nashville, TN, have most likely been left wondering just how justice has been served by the destruction of their businesses, burnt to the ground or simply torn apart by frenzied, crazed, senseless mobs.

 

And now we are to be lectured by the servants of those purveyors of “racist America”, such as Chris Wallace at Fox News, who tell us that black men are twice as likely to meet a bad end at the hands of police than white men. Could it be a difference in upbringing and home life? Could it simply be a cultural difference and a certain proclivity to go against the moral norms of America? Whatever the reason, black people comprise thirteen percent of America’s population, and yet they are responsible for a disproportionate number of crimes, including fifty-two percent of the murders in America.

 

Unfortunately, the race-baiters are out in full force, basically handing out the matches and gasoline that continue to stoke the riots, similar to Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison, who invited Jesse Jackson to Minnesota. Jackson said, “the pain is real” and “rioting is the voice of those who truly have no way to express themselves”, shortly after leaving a meeting with Ellison, according to KARE11’s Adrienne Broaddus. Al Sharpton, who was instrumental in inciting the 1991 Crown Heights riots and numerous other incendiary situations, was on hand to offer his worthless two-cents, also, observing that destroying “black-owned stores” was “reckless”, begging the question … What about other Minneapolis businesses?

 

We’ve all seen the video of George Floyd’s murder by now, and most of us have wondered how could anyone end up handcuffed and pinned down on the street, in distress and dying under the knees of a law enforcement officer anywhere in America? It calls for us to be outraged and it’s right to demand justice, but what we are witnessing today is far from justice, and it is far removed from anything whatsoever to do with Mr. Floyd’s death.

 

It’s very unfortunate that this violence, chaos and anarchy is unfolding in America right now. And although purposeful protest is intended to deliver a strong message to the leaders of the cities and states across the country, the message has now been sent, the message has been received and the powers-that-be have acknowledged it by arresting Derek Chauvin quickly by any known standard, with charges against the remaining officers and their arrests more than likely to follow. Justice is forthcoming and change should be on the way, if a city has moral leadership, so there actually is nothing that warrants the actions of the rioters. Their actions are based on an entirely different agenda.

 

On May 29th, U.S. Attorney General William Barr stated, that the Department, the DOJ and FBI, “is conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil-rights laws were violated”.

 

Emotions are also running high, and many cities are dealing with a devious, immoral left that declares any inconvenient fact “racist”. America is also witnessing well-funded professional agitators inciting the violence and riots, stoking mob anger. And we see too many in positions of power — I won’t call them “leaders” — forcing a collective suicide for their own political causes, in a manner all too reminiscent of what transpired during the Ferguson riots.

 

While many leftists across our nation are so quick to throw out Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1967 observation that “a riot is the language of the unheard”, they forget that it was prefaced with, “Let me say as I’ve always said, and I will always continue to say, that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating.”

 

Just how much rioting, looting and arson will be enough to slate the collective “aggrieved’s” sense of solidarity in their quest for justice? Five nights? Three weeks? Six months? Will it actually cease if and when the remaining three officers are prosecuted for murder? How much rioting, looting and arson will the authorities in cities across America allow to blast the nation before they move to forcefully stop it? Does all this chaos amplify itself in a feedback loop as it plays out?

 

At a press conference held in Minneapolis on May 29th, Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr addressed the crowd, saying: “Don’t let this (just) be another news story … We all have to get out and stand together and we don’t have to do it violently. We can do it politically. Don’t sit around and say ‘My vote don’t count’. We put these politicians in and we can take them out.”

 

As Alfred Pennyworth notes in the movie Dark Knight: “… some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

 

In a fiery speech on May 29th, Atlanta Mayor Keishs Lance Bottoms stated: “This is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos. A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated we didn’t do this to our city. … You are disgracing our city. You are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country. We are better than this. We are better than this as a city. We are better than this as a country. Go home, go home.”

 

These rioters are killing people, they are killing businesses and they are killing America. They are ensuring that America becomes the land of the angry and the home of the divided, a nation that is itself gasping for air.

 

Whatever sympathy the people may have felt for Black Lives Matter or greater police accountability collapsed, as the riots grew from isolated incidents into a nationwide violent upheaval, largely orchestrated and conducted by the worse elements of our society. They have lost the moral high ground.

 

And with that said, in regards to the violent looters, taking a page from Miami’s Police Chief Walter Headley suggestion in 1967, it is past time that criminal looters are dealt with in the most severe and harsh manner, regardless of what color they are, since today we see looters of all colors, many communists and anarchists, many simple-minded opportunists, just as likely to be the perpetrators. We have the weapons to halt this chaos and mayhem, and we have the weapons to use in this war against criminal and subversive acts and this war against America, by immoral people intent on taking America down. Looters used to be shot in the act. It’s time to revive the practice and put an end to this anarchy that is destroying the livelihoods that were built, in many instances, over a person’s lifetime, in the name of restoring order and “the rule of law”.

 

The promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal applies to every individual of every race, the George Floyds and the Ed Smiths, who have the right to their lives and their livelihoods to be protected and defended by the powers-that-be and law enforcement at every level.

 

Embedded in our culture for four-hundred years, racism is America’s Achilles’ Heel, but right is right and wrong is wrong. Floyd’s murder is reprehensible and demands swift justice. The destruction of American cities and some store owners being beaten senseless, as they try to defend their stores, is equally reprehensible and demands equal swift justice. And real justice in America will only come, when all Americans stop judging anyone by race and reject the calls to “reject racism”, by simply living and acting as good, decent and moral human beings, regardless of one’s color and ethnicity. Reject the natural end result of a “social justice” communist philosophy that works overtime to absolve individuals of responsibility for their crimes and blames others for political advantage. Reject rage for the sake of rage, to engage in unthinking hate, and use George Floyd’s murder to place racism in history’s dustbin, rather than continue to burn down our homes and destroy America, still the greatest nation on earth.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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VIDEO: America Under Siege: Antifa

Posted by Capital Research Center

21.8K subscribers – Sep 25, 2017

 

The communist movement known as Antifa (short for Anti-Fascist Action) has sparked violence across the nation. In the wake of their battling despicable white supremacist in Charlottesville, Antifa has begun to gain mainstream popularity. But unbeknownst to much of the public, the vast majority of Antifa violence isn’t targeted at genuine fascists, but mainstream conservatives and civilians. With help from those who have encountered Antifa, including Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, Lauren Southern, Jack Posobiec, and Steve Deace, conservative author Trevor Loudon guides us through the history and ideas behind the Antifa movement, starting with Leon Trotsky and going all the way through the events in Berkeley, CA and Charlottesville, VA.

 

“Antifa” is the third episode in the “America Under Siege” documentary web-series from Dangerous Documentaries (a project of the Capital Research Center) and Cohesion Films. Each episode profiles the influence of radical Marxists on various segments of American society.

 

DangeousDocumentaries.com

CapitalResearch.org

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text embraced by brackets and embedded links are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

American Cities Explode


George Floyd’s murder by Derek Chauvin while three other Minneapolis police officers did zero is an act deserving of mass protests. HOWEVER Floyd’s murder is now being used as a pretext for Marxist Antifa to spur anarchy with senseless violence, rioting and looting. If the Dems don’t stop their ideological anarchists I have a suspicion Pro-2nd Amendment property protecting will escalate. Justin Smith goes over some details that has struck this match inflaming America.

 

JRH 6/1/20

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George Floyd’s Murder and Chaos Across America

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 5/30/2020 12:51 AM

 

It doesn’t matter whether #GeorgeFloyd was an upstanding member of society. It doesn’t matter whether blacks commit a disproportionate share of violent crimes. There is no excuse for the police to squeeze the life out of an unresisting individual. Period!”  ~ Dinesh D’Souza

 

No one finds justice served in the wake of any horrific, terrible tragedy, by burning their cities and towns down around them in the name of “peaceful protest”. Justice is not served by ignoring the due process of the law for police officers who have abused their authority and power, in a manner that can only be described as evil, no matter how justified one might believe one’s self to be in acting to mete out immediate, self-gratifying, vigilante justice. And justice absolutely was not served on Memorial Day, May 25th 2020, when a police officer ripped forty-six year old George Floyd, from the backseat of a police cruiser, and threw him to the ground and restrained him, with a known deadly hold, and pinned him by the neck until he was choked unconscious and died, as surrounding witnesses begged and pleaded for his life.

 

Floyd was an ex-convict who served five years stemming from an aggravated assault conviction in 2007, but he was trying to turn his life around, as seen in an old video, where he urges the youth of America to reject gun violence. At one point, Floyd states: “Our young are clearly lost, man, clearly lost, man. I don’t even know what to say anymore. You youngsters just going around bursting guns in crowds, kids getting killed.”

 

[Blog Editor – VIDEO: George Floyd before being killed, This is what he said 2 youth “Our young generation is clearly lost.”

 

Posted by Home250 news TV

May 28, 2020]

 

Floyd, 46, grew up in Houston, Texas, where he was known as a gifted athlete and hip-hop artist, according to the Houston Chronicle, and he was well known by the patrons of Conga Latin Bistro, where he worked security. As Luz Maria Gonzalez notes, “He’d keep us safe there”. On Tuesday, the restaurant shared a photo of Floyd in his blue security uniform, with the caption, “We’ll always remember you”.

 

George Floyd was a “gentle giant” and helpful man by all accounts, and sadly, the taking of his life, has left a little six year old girl without her father.

 

Floyd’s death came, after he supposedly “resisted” officers and was placed in handcuffs. But subsequent evidence has shown that he was not resisting or being violent, and he was not armed. He was first approached, around 8:00 pm, by four Minneapolis police officers — Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng — who answered a call to investigate a possible forgery attempt and a counterfeit $20 dollar bill. What followed, at least in part, was captured in a video, that has exploded across social media sites, made by a young woman, Darnella Frazier, who was standing nearby outside the Cup Foods Market.

 

4 Murdering Minneapolis Cops (from Heavy.com)

 

[Blog Editor: Andrew McCarthy of the National Review (5/30/20 4:07 PM) adds some info to Mr. Floyd’s death that cannot be deciphered from video footage. The extra info does not help murderous cops but does add context to the whole idiocy.]

 

There on the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South, Officer Derek Chauvin is seen pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nine long minutes, with Floyd’s face pressed so hard into the pavement his nose begins bleeding. And Floyd tearfully pleads with Chauvin: “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.”

 

“You got him down, man! Let him breathe at least” said one bystander in the background.

 

Someone asks, “You’re going to just sit there with your knee on his neck?”

 

One alarmed citizen exclaims, “Bro, he’s not even f###ing moving! Get off his neck!”

 

Another asks, “Did you kill him?”

 

Floyd told the officers he could not breathe twelve times, including within the first few seconds of the video. Floyd said, “I’m about to die … they’re gonna kill me”, and called out for his mother. Approximately four minutes into the video, he lost consciousness, stopped breathing and his body went limp. Forty seconds later witnesses were screaming that he was unresponsive. At least sixteen times bystanders begged the officers to take Floyd’s pulse. And all they received in return was a hard, cold, depraved indifference to a man’s life draining out beneath them.

 

Each time a concerned individual attempted to get Officer Tou Thao to check Floyd’s vitals or to stop Chauvin from choking him any further, Thao would become aggressive and combative and simply turn away from their pleas, exhibiting the same depraved indifference to a man’s life being snuffed out there on the pavement. Thao has previously had police brutality charges leveled against him, in 2017; the case settled out of court to the tune of $25,000.

 

Ms. Frazier told the Washington Post: “The police killed him, bro, right in front of everybody. He was crying, telling them like, ‘I can’t breathe’, and everything. … They killed this man.”

 

On Wednesday, May 27th, Bridgett Floyd, sister to George, said: “I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.”

 

Representing the Floyd Family, Attorney Ben Crump observed: “It’s a ‘I can’t breathe’ again case in 2020, and it’s worse than Eric Garner in many ways because you hear the people even pleading with them, ‘Please get your knee off his neck. Have some humanity. This is a human being.'”

 

I have very nearly stated the exact words as Angela Stanton-King, Alveda King’s goddaughter, who tweeted: “Why didn’t someone stop George Floyd’s death? They should have fought at that pivotal moment. Instead of just standing there watching.” That was the time they should have been raising unholy hell, not a day later, not two and three days later and not against their own community.

 

Addressing the use of the knee on a suspect’s neck, Mylan Masson, a former Minneapolis police officer in charge of training, noted that once the officer has the individual under control, the hold is to be released. It is used until the threat has stopped. Floyd represented no threat whatsoever to anyone, as he lay prone on the ground in cuffs.

 

According to the Star-Tribune, George Kirkham, professor emeritus at the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University, said that placing the knee on a suspects neck is seldom taught in police academies anymore. The move has been acknowledged as risky and capable of causing brain death in a matter of a few minutes.

 

Water boils at 212 degrees, and in the aftermath of what can only be described as a callous and indifferent murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis and St Paul are exploding and burning at 1500 degrees in a violent response and riots across the area, as protests elsewhere in America unfold, from Minneapolis to Memphis, Los Angeles to Louisville, and Denver to Atlanta, even seeing barricades breached near the White House. Somewhere shortly before 9:00 CST, on May 29th, the 88th Precinct in New York came under attack by protesters, with police cruisers destroyed and multiple fires set, as reported by Bernie Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner, to Fox News.

 

And, in fact, one of the four police officers, Derek Chauvin, was just arrested today, May 29th, and charged with third-degree murder/manslaughter, but shortly afterwards, Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News that there was enough evidence seen through a horrendous, gut-wrenching, soul-searing video to warrant a charge of second degree murder.

 

Ms. Stanton-King expressed her outrage, stating: “Choke a man to death with Your knee which we all know was intentional and you don’t get charged with 1st degree murder … How do he slide with just a manslaughter charge and 3rd degree murder?”

 

By Wednesday night, the situation had devolved to the point that Governor Tim Waltz and Mayor Jacob Frey called out the Minnesota National Guard to halt the violence that started around the 3rd Precinct Police Station, as protesters set fires and caused some massive damage to every business within a two block radius, according to CBS Minnesota. The 3rd Precinct had to be abandoned by the police and was soon overrun and completely destroyed by an angry mob.

 

More than one-hundred seventy businesses were also damaged and looted in the St Paul and “Twin Cities” area on Thursday, as the protests escalated. According to the Pioneer Press, numerous fires were set by large crowds across the city, and St Paul’s Mayor Melvin Carter noted that “the anger, the anguish, the sadness, the rage that we’re seeing in the community, it’s understandable.”

 

Disgusting and disturbing doesn’t even begin to describe what is occurring, as the left-wing interlopers of Antifa, anti-American fascists, are seen urging the destruction further, and young blacks are destroying their own neighborhoods and the very businesses owned and operated by their fellow black minority brethren and other minorities too.

 

One surely must wonder where was a similar outrage and calls to allow due process to take its course, and where were the riots, when Minneapolis Police Officer Mohammed Noor murdered Justine Damond. It’s hard not to miss the incongruity and hypocrisy of the views of the protesters, rioters and their apologists; and, with that said, the video evidence in the Floyd case is so damning that Chauvin’s arrest within four days’ time was one-hundred percent the right call, however, the charge may need to be revisited as all the evidence unfolds in the coming days.

 

Floyd’s family released a public call for an end to the violence, while also thanking all those who have actually been protesting peacefully. Speaking to the unrest, Courteney Ross, George’s girlfriend of three years, said, “I am heartbroken.”

 

Ross continued as she spoke with the Star Tribune: “Waking up this morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd. He loved the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities. … He was about love and peace. … I want people to protest in a peaceful way.”

 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is pursuing the murder charge against Chauvin and investigating deeper to see what charges might be forthcoming in regards to the other officers, who seemed to exhibit a disturbing and marked indifference to what was transpiring right in front of them. President Trump and Attorney General William Barr are also actively monitoring the case, and U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald and FBI Special Agent in Charge Rainer Drolshagen will be conducting the federal investigation. And, in the meantime, as of May 28th, Freeman has acknowledged that all four officers involved in Floyd’s murder are not cooperating with the investigation and are pleading their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.

 

Now, newly released reports, by Anna Lastra and Eric Rasmussen, indicate that there exists a high probability that Chauvin, who has had 18 complaints of police abuse placed against him during his nineteen year career, knew Floyd from the El Nuevo Rodeo Nightclub, where they both had previously worked security for Maya Santamaria. According to Santamaria, Chauvin worked there for 17 years, as outside security, while Floyd worked as inside security. This certainly should be raising some eyebrows and demanding an intense bit of scrutiny and deeper investigation.

 

Some have suggested that we need to know what happened in the hour before the video was made, but it doesn’t really matter. Even if Floyd had allegedly committed a bank robbery or a murder in that time frame, police all across the nation take down and capture violent murderers every day without killing them in the process.

 

Yes, most police officers are outstanding, good and decent and honorable men and women, and they normally have a rough job and are asked to do unimaginably tough things, as they carry out their duty to “protect and serve” the community, that has hired them and where they usually also live. That same duty also extends to suspects, especially suspects in non-violent crimes, and especially when a suspect is cooperating and not resisting, as was the case with George Floyd. Their duty demands that they subdue and arrest suspects, in such a case, without taking the person’s life in the process.

 

Tragic as this case is, it still is not a free license to loot and destroy, simply because people are angry, and not one single criminal looter should be given a pass from any misplaced sense of justice, to assuage the outrage that may be genuinely felt by many, since many other outraged citizens have, in fact, expressed themselves angrily, loudly and peacefully.

 

At the same time, these police officers who set themselves up as judge, jury and executioners of George Floyd must pay for their gross negligence, their lack of professionalism and compassion, and their inexcusable depraved indifference to the distress Floyd’s mind and body experienced, as he knew his death was imminent. Not only did they prevent a female EMT from trying to save Floyd’s life, but for nearly 5 long minutes after warnings from witnesses, Chauvin kept his knee pressed on his windpipe, as all the officers knew Floyd was unconscious, was not breathing and that his body had gone limp. If the witnesses could so readily see that Floyd was dying, the officers had to have also known as well, and yet, they denied him oxygen, never attempted CPR, never took his pulse and never tried to save his life. The level of inhumane treatment in this case that took George Floyd’s life demands criminal charges for the other officers involved and prosecutions that end with hefty prison sentences for all four officers.

 

These officers failed to live up to anything remotely associated with simply being a good human being. Any further revelations will not change the simple truth, that with just a little more care and a sense of urgency and some common sense, one check of Floyd’s vitals at the first sign of distress, George Floyd would still be alive. Even sadder, it seems the price of a man’s life today sets at twenty dollars.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets and embedded links are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith