BREAKING: Cop Who Knelt on George Floyd's Neck Arrested
UPDATE: Derek Chauvin has been charged with Murder in the Third Degree as well as Manslaughter.
Days after civilian video captured police officer Derek Chauvin slowly killing George Floyd by putting his knee on Floyd's neck (even though Floyd wasn't resisting, was already handcuffed and on the ground) with onlookers screaming for him to stop, Minneapolis police FINALLY took Chauvin into custody on Friday. My commentary to follow, but first details from The AP:
Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said state investigators arrested Derek Chauvin.
The arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct that had been abandoned by officers.
BREAKING: Officer in custody according to Publuc Safety Commissioner Harrington #tptalmanac @tpt @NewsHour pic.twitter.com/xmNyxaUxbP
— Mary Lahammer (@mlahammer) May 29, 2020
This is one of those cases where the more you learn about it, the worse it seems to get. There is actual video. I watched it, and all I could feel was rage. I know some have given Derek Chauvin the benefit of the doubt, saying "he was poorly trained" but (and this is my opinion) the look on his face was one of a monster. It appeared to me Chauvin knew he had his knee on the man's neck and either didn't care that Floyd couldn't breathe, or knew he couldn't breathe and continued anyway. In short: homicide likely, manslaughter at the very least.
Is it possible Chauvin was poorly trained? Sure. Is it also possible he's a murdering thug? Hell. Yes.
But what I want to know is this:
- There's video evidence of Chauvin suffocating George Floyd. Why wasn't he arrested immediately? Instead he was fired and arrested days later. Do you think any of US would be granted those three days of grace?
- When are the other THREE officers who allowed this to happen, or actively participated in the homicide (my opinion) going to be put in handcuffs and sent to jail?
Minneapolis PD has some answers to give. Some heads need to roll. If I'm George Floyd's family, I'm suing everyone I possibly can. I'm taking notes on what's being done, or what ISN'T being done, in a timely fashion, and I'm going to rename the entire city.
All that said, crime-happy assholes trashing businesses and setting buildings on fire isn't an appropriate response to four criminal dick cops murdering a man. Looting a Target for that big screen you always wanted isn't the answer, it's just an excuse to be a criminal dick. Destroying businesses that had ZERO to do with George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, or the other three asshole cops, isn't an appropriate response. Looting and rioting is just an excuse to loot and riot. Everyone participating in the looting and rioting needs the book thrown at them.
What happened to George Floyd wasn't a tragedy, it was evil. What's happening to Minneapolis in the riots isn't a tragedy. It's evil.
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