RICHMOND- The nightmare in America that is police brutality towards minorities doesn’t seem to be ending anytime.
A bystander’s video showed a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a handcuffed African American man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. The man soon died in a hospital later that day.
46 year old George Floyd pleaded for his life and the officers neglected any pleas only holding the man down until he lost his life.
Bystanders spread the video to social media resulting in a call for termination of employment. Following this incident and after public outcry, the four Minneapolis officers involved received their walking papers.
“I support your decisions, one hundred percent,” said Mayor Jacob Frey, in a statement to AP about police Chief Medaria Arradondo’s firing of the officers. “It is the right decision for our city. The right decision for our community, it is the right decision for the Minneapolis Police Department.”
This is not the first time that police brutality has shaken the United States. In fact, just six years ago, there was another incident with this exact scenario involving Eric Garner.
Minneapolis police have described the case as involving a man dying from “a medical case”. Video evidence contradicts the story.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Minneapolis on Tuesday night to decry the in-custody death of Floyd. Officers in riot gear confronted protesters and fired tear gas.
Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the situation.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence also took to Twitter to voice his frustration.
Lawrence has a reason to be angry and minorities have a reason to be afraid, the law enforcement can’t control themselves.
The brutality rises and the get tough words spew from the mouth, yet no changes are made in attempt to subdue these incidents. The main question that should be asked is this:
What more proof is needed to know that this is an issue and needs to be fixed? And when will it be fixed?
In addition, there doesn’t seem to be any form of inner discipline from cop to cop. All punishment comes after a tragedy occurs.
The reality is clear. Racism and power can engulf a person’s mind. Change is said to have happened, in reality there is none.
There is no such thing as change, it’s only words and hopes and prayers, and George Floyd proved it, but at the cost of his own life. God bless George.