On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.
Mr Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. The independent autopsy says Floyd died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” when his neck and back were compressed by Minneapolis police officers during his arrest last week. The pressure cut off blood flow to his brain, that autopsy determined. But the medical examiner’s office, in its report also released Monday, said that the cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” Cardiopulmonary arrest means Floyd’s heart failed.
The public is rioting because of a great sense of injustice. The fact that the autopsy reports differ is leading the people to be even more angry because now they feel the government is protecting a criminal.
There are more reasons for riots, the distribution of wealth was already huge and has gotten larger with COVID-19. American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic.
What’s more is that the black community has long held resentment for the system and rightfully so. It has always been a battle for the black community to get equality and they still aren’t equal. With the high statistics of going to prison, for getting sent to prison for just possessing drugs and then working for slave wages in prisons for corporations. The black community is still being oppressed through the war on drugs. See more in the link below.
The answer to stop the riots is to tax the elite more, develop poorer communities, to treat black people with dignity and not abuse the war on drugs for cheap labour. A new sense of fairness must develop in the USA.
By Tyler Durden