Celebrities, advocates and politicians from both sides of the aisle are calling for the arrest of four Minneapolis police officers, who were fired Tuesday in connection with the death of a black man seen pinned down, the officer’s knee to his neck, in a recent video surfaced online.
“I would like for those officers to be charged with murder,” said George Floyd’s sister, who appeared on NBC’s “Today” Wednesday morning.
“Because that’s exactly what they did,” Bridgett Floyd said. “They murdered my brother, he was crying for help. I don’t need them to be suspended and able to work in another state or county. Their license should be taken away, their job should be taken away, and they should be put in jail for murder.”
In the video recorded by a bystander, Floyd, 46, is seen on the ground, with one white officer holding a knee to his neck, gasping and repeatedly telling the officer, “I can’t breathe.” He later died in custody.
Police were responding to an alleged forgery taking place. A man matching Floyd’s description allegedly used a counterfeit bill. Read article
This terrible video of a white Minneapolis police officer pinning a black man, George Floyd, down with his knee while he is begging just to be able to breathe, is very appalling to everyone except for the four police officers it seems. How could they be so content to just standby, merciless and watch this poor helpless man die? The officer that choked him is clearly pictured with his hand in his pocket! Although, we are told that Floyd died few minutes later, it was obvious to all the bystanders that this man was being choked. No wonder the activists immediately drew a parallel to Eric Garner who cried the same think in New York in 2014, ” I can’t breathe.”
Bridgett Floyd, George’s sister, is calling for more than just the firing of the police officers, but that they actually be held accountable for their actions. Thankfully, the mayor quickly fired the four officers, but Ms. Floyd has a valid point here; the police killed a man. Could anyone else kill someone in broad daylight, with numerous witnesses, video footage, and not be tried? When recalling the similar act of police brutality with Eric Garner, I thought surely the officer responsible for his death was fired. Well he was, but it took a nationwide movement and activist pleading for five years! The article stated that Daniel Pantaleo, the officer responsible for his death, “was removed from the force in 2019, though he never faced federal charges.”
Former Vice President Biden leading the way, calls for the justice for the Floyd family and that these police be held responsible for their “egregious actions.” Ms. Floyd’s outrage, aside from her brother being murdered, was that these policemen, only being fired, could then be able to go and work in another county or another state, if their licenses weren’t taken away. Although George Floyd was denied the right of being treated fairly and as innocent until proven guilty by these policemen, I do pray that the officers involved will be charged and have their day in court. These police were responding to an “alleged forgery taking place” by a man matching Floyd’s description. No matter what the police suspected Mr. Floyd had done, this was clearly a non-life-threatening crime. Shouldn’t he have had a right to an attorney, and then be taken downtown for questioning? Yet the treated him as if he had been terrorizing the neighborhood.
To let these policemen go free without being charged and brought to trial is a threat to our justice system. Everyone must be held accountable for their actions, even the police. How else will this violent attack on blacks in America be stopped if those with a badge are allowed to continue their senseless brutality and use of excessive force when the most that ever happens to them is that they lose their jobs, if even that much?