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The Daily Planet's Opinion: Following horrific killing, MLK would have marched with nonviolent protesters
Monday, 15 June 2020 16:14

What was done in the May 25 death of George Floyd is a cruelty that should not be done to anyone. It was brutal, horrific and we know of nobody who condones what happened. Condemnation is universal.

Floyd, 46, who is black, died after Derek Chauvin, 44, a white Minneapolis, Minn., police officer, pinned him to the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds with his knee on Floyd’s neck (seen worldwide via a video that went viral), while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street.

Two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. Floyd, who reportedly was arrested on suspicion of using a $20 counterfeit bill, begged for his life, repeatedly telling officers, “I can’t breathe.” During the final three minutes, Floyd reportedly was motionless and had no pulse.

Five minutes later, the local fire department reached the ambulance; two fire department medics who boarded the ambulance found Floyd unresponsive and pulseless. Floyd was pronounced dead at a hospital emergency room.

Later, Chauvin, who was fired, was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Bail was set for his fellow three former police officers — who were on the scene with Chauvin during the incident and who were charged in George Floyd’s death — at $1 million each, or $750,000 under certain conditions, including that they do not work in law enforcement or have any contact with Floyd’s family.

In the aftermath, protests have erupted in Asheville, around the nation and around the world, expressing grief over Floyd’s death and calling for major changes in police operations. To the extent that the protests have remained nonviolent (and not devolved into rioting and looting) we are certain that the late great black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. would have approved.

There are lots of ideas to improve the situation. We think America can do it!

 



 


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