First, and for most, we pray for peace, and justice for Mr. George Floyd’s loves ones. We can’t imagine the pain they are going through during this difficult time.
Like many of you, we are shocked and outraged at the senseless murder of Mr. George Floyd. There is no sugar-coating; his right to
“life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was stolen from him.
Mr. Floyd was many things to many people; however, at minimum, he was a human, an American citizen, and he had rights. Yet, four officers with the Minneapolis Police Department didn’t believe that his life mattered on May 25, 2020.
For almost nine minutes, one of the police officers, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Mr. Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed from behind and lying on the ground beneath him. Despite the pleas from Mr. Floyd and concerned bystanders, the officer never stopped kneeling until Mr. Floyd’s body was limp and unresponsive. The other three officers never intervene.
Protests Around the World
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” Since the murder, protests have erupted around the world. People are tired, and so are we. We are tired of seeing people of color, especially males, be slain by those with authority — their lives matter. Mr. George Floyd’s life mattered.
Since the tragedy, all four officers were fired, and two autopsies determined Mr. Floyd’s death was due to homicide. Derek Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His charge has since been upgraded to second-degree murder. The three other officers on the scene, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
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Our post entitled Reflections: The Real Monsters by Pearl of Wisdom was a tribute to Mr. George Floyd. His death is an example of how real monsters walk among us. We believe Mr. Floyd would still be alive had those police officers cared enough to let him breathe.
We stand in solidarity with protestors of all backgrounds demanding action. United we stand, divided we fall. We denounce racism, using this tragedy as an excuse to tear down communities, the looting of businesses, and the harm of other individuals.
Stay safe, and God Bless.
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