Editor’s note: In this feature piece, EIC, Miss2Bees, and contributor, Andre Kettle, give their analysis on the latest social issues. Feel free to comment below. The views expressed in this commentary are their own.
Words by Miss2Bees and Andre Kettle
George Floyd was MURDERED in one of the most barbaric ways possible. People are angry, frustrated, anxious, scared, and fed up! Relationships and partnerships are divided as the public pick their sides, meanwhile, others straddle the fence.
Floyd’s former co-worker of 17 years and crooked cop, Derek Chauvin, held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes and killed him in broad daylight.
To add icing to the cake, this unearthed video shows cops assaulting Floyd before reportedly slamming him to the ground.
There’s also video footage of Floyd fully cooperating with authorities, and not resisting arrest. So what was the need for all the aggression?
A 911 call was made from Cup Foods along Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis because Floyd allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill. Is that still a reason to beat him up and kill him? No. But it still happened.
Chauvin and Floyd have a long relationship and Lord knows what caused the animosity, but it certainly wasn’t a fake bill. Naturally, his height and hue intimidate many. Maybe, Floyd took his girl? Media Takeout discovered a video from his ‘Floyd the Landlord’ days as an adult film star.
Either way, whatever happened made Chauvin so mad that he took George Floyd’s life, and the people are fed up.
Protestors flooded the streets across the country Friday as thousands possibly millions demonstrated their frustration against police brutality, especially the death of #GeorgeFloyd. His lynching follows a string of racial injustices against Black people across the country.
Breonna Taylor was shot eight times after police broke into her Kentucky home. Amy Cooper called the cops and falsely claimed that Christian Cooper was threatening her after he asked her to leash her dog. Natosha “Tony” McDade was shot and killed by police in Tallahassee. This all happened within the time span of a month. You can’t even sleep in peace in your home while being Black.
George, an unarmed African American, died in police custody in Minneapolis. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Derek was charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
Freeman says the other officers involved in the fatal arrest are under investigation and that charges are expected.
The Mayor of Minnesota, Jacob Frey made the decision to charge the officers and states “an essential first step on a [long]road toward justice and healing our city.”
“For our Black Community who have, for centuries, have been forced to endure injustice in a world simply unwilling to correct or acknowledge it: I know that whatever hope you feel today is tempered with skepticism and righteous outrage.”
Ben Crump, the attorney representing Floyd’s family, released an official statement on their behalf, saying they were expecting first-degree murder charges.
“We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer,” the statement said.
FAMILY STATEMENT: The family of #GeorgeFloyd and I released the following statement in response to the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the officer videoed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. #JusticeForFloyd #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/BkSFRlYB6j
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 29, 2020
With that became three nights of protesting in different communities in Minnesota that left dozens of stores burned and looted, protestors took to the streets nationwide.
As the 3rd precinct is on fire. There’s fireworks.
This is the most American ish I’ve ever seen. The forefathers ate smiling. You could play the national anthem to this uprising against tyranny.
“And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air”
— 🆈🅰️🆆 ʜᴏᴛᴇᴘ 🎯 (@Mr_Yancy) May 29, 2020
Minnesota police officer who has been identified as Jacob Pederson is seen here damaging an auto zone store and protestors are seeing trying to stop him and ask him if he was a cop. Jacob seems to be annoyed by people asking him the question and walks off.
Hey @autozone remember the video I showed you of the cop who smashed your windows. Here’s him actually doing it as proof. @MayorFrey are you gonna press charges on him for inciting the riot now? Believe his name is #JacobPederson from St Paul PD. Identified by his ex fiancé. pic.twitter.com/AgTBPDtrTM
— merrrstache (@houseofmerrr) May 29, 2020
The Minnesota police precinct where Derek and others worked at was set ablaze and a. man recording the video is heard saying they are in a purge.
Protesters threw Target shopping carts and smashed a police vehicle in St. Paul, Minnesota, angry at the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was pinned down by a white officer's knee https://t.co/iWlTjfszat pic.twitter.com/uOFfp593El
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 29, 2020
Protestors were throwing shopping carts and smashed a police vehicle in St. Paul Minnesota.
In New York, demonstrators took their protests to streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn on Friday for a second day in protest in the death of Mr. Floyd. Demonstrators shut down 125th Street in Harlem.
In Brooklyn, crowds of protestors were seen chanting at police officers lined up outside the Barclays Center. Heavily armed police used brutal force against protestors.
At least 50 people just got ran down on Flatbush Ext blocks away from Barclays Center. The fucking virus is in that vehicle. You sick fucks will continue to pay for this heinous shit pic.twitter.com/W3P7BrMmoh
— Brandon Lavon (@TrillionWattsNY) May 31, 2020
According to ABC7 reports, a dozen officers were injured and at least 200 people were arrested as police cars were set on fire.
A friend just sent this to me, crowds arriving right now to protest outside Barclays Center. pic.twitter.com/lHSb9VFm3e
— Mariya Abedi (@msabedi) May 29, 2020
— 𝚂𝙴𝚁𝙴𝙽𝙴 🦠🔬🪀 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎 (@MythSerene) May 29, 2020
In the video below, police are seen trying to keep protestors in control with force while others are fleeing from the scene and protecting themselves from attacks.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson was one of the peaceful protestors at Barclays Center and she tearfully recounted getting pepper-sprayed by the cops.
— Gwynne Hogan (@GwynneFitz) May 30, 2020
Hundreds of protestors were confronting police at CNN’s downtown headquarters late Friday. Activists spray-painted a large CNN logo outside the building, breaking a window and tagging doors. One protestor climbed on top of the CNN sign and waived a “Black Lives Matter” flag to cheers from the crowd. Some then went inside the CNN Center and destroyed the insides of the building at about 9 p.m. according to the news outlet.
Glass getting broken outside the main entrance to CNN's #Atlanta headquarters. Protests have erupted in at least 20 US cities over the death of unarmed black man #GeorgeFloyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. #ICantBreath pic.twitter.com/854wdz8Vd9
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) May 30, 2020
For all of the folks that were worried about the business’s expenses, the major corporations are most likely insured and CNN already got their sign repaired.
According to NBC News, The Secret Service was ordered the White House to be locked down for about an hour on Friday evening when protestors began to make way around the gates outside.
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) May 29, 2020
You can hear the protestors chant “I can’t breath,” “Black Lives Matter” and “no justice, no peace.” The Secret Service took a woman into custody after she was seen climbing over a barrier, but no arrests were made by the D.C. police officers, the report stated.
—Minneapolis is under a night curfew as the National Guard roams the streets
—Police cars and a CNN sign outside the company’s headquarters were vandalized in Atlanta
—Tensions flared in Brooklyn between protesters and police officers
Latest updates: https://t.co/BaBuRGEHgM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 30, 2020
Donald Trump hopped on Twitter to rave about the “great job” the Secret Service did. His Twitter fingers proceeded to write, “I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe. They let the “protesters” scream & rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard – didn’t know what hit them.”
Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. @SecretService. They were not only totally professional, but very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe. They let the “protesters” scream & rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2020
The POTUS held a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center and discussed the murder. “The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief.”
"My Administration will always stand against violence, mayhem, and disorder.
We will stand with the family of George Floyd, with the peaceful protestors, and with every law-abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety, and security." pic.twitter.com/Wxk6qmBR69
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 30, 2020
We have a right for our voices to be heard. We have a right to be angry, and we have a duty to honor those who have been systematically murdered by the police. The way Black people are suffocated with systematic oppression is inhumane. We have suffered enough at the hands of the people that took an oath to protect us but all they seem to do is kill us and get away with it. The revolution will be televised. #BlackLivesMatter