On Wednesday, May 25th, 2020, an innocent black man, GEORGE FLOYD, was murdered in cold blood on a public street in broad daylight by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was assisted by three fellow officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane.

GEORGE FLOYD was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase at Cup Foods, where he was a regular customer not known to cause any problems. The teenaged cashier called 911 to report the alleged counterfeit bill. Officers responded to the scene only seven minutes after the 911 call was made.

GEORGE FLOYD had been restrained, handcuffed and was lying face down in the street when Officer Chauvin bent down and pushed his knee into GEORGE’s neck, restricting his breathing for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds while Officers Keung and Lane held down his back and lower extremities. Officer Tao stood guard in front of them and ignored GEORGE FLOYD’s numerous cries for assistance as he wailed, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe! Please help me! Don’t kill me! Get me some water, I can’t breathe!” At one point this 46 year old man cried out for his mother, “Mama, Mama!”

Chauvin remained in position on GEORGE FLOYD’s neck for another 2 minutes and 53 seconds even after his body went limp and became unresponsive. When EMS arrived on the scene he had no pulse and showed no signs of life. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was officially pronounced dead.

The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, was enraged after witnessing the video of GEORGE FLOYD and called for the firing of all parties involved. All four officers were terminated from the Minneapolis Police Department the very next day and Chauvin was subsequently arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder + manslaughter.

After further investigation, some fascinating facts were revealed about Derek Chauvin. He is the brother-in-law of Tou Thao, the officer who stood watch while he committed murder. Chauvin also worked with GEORGE FLOYD for several years at local nightclub/ restaurant, “El Nuevo Rodeo”. Maya Santamaria, the club’s former owner, was quoted as saying, “GEORGE was a great guy known for his big smile and Chauvin was short-tempered and had a real short fuse. When there was an altercation he always resorted to pulling out his mace and pepper-spraying everybody right away, even if I felt it was unwarranted.” Interesting…

This heinous crime was committed with no regard for life or humanity and is unfortunately only one of many, many other instances of police brutality that have resulted in the death of a black man or woman. WHEN DOES IT STOP?!

Facts show that the number of police killings in the United States disproportionately affects African Americans. Black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers. About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys can expect to die as a result of police violence over the course of their lives. A number that is 2.5 times higher than their white peers.

The black community as a whole is completely fed up and infuriated by the senseless murders of GEORGE FLOYD, AHMAUD ARBERY, BREONNA TAYLOR and the countless other black people who have died at the hands of racist police officers.

Protests and marches have begun in cities all around the country demanding justice and an end to police brutality.  Not all actions have been organized and peaceful. Violent riots and looting have begun in Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and other cities. Three police precincts were set ablaze in Minneapolis, a federal Officer was killed in California and a store owner who stood up against looters was beaten to death in Dallas, Texas as the number of injured protestors, rioters, law enforcement officers and business owners continues to grow.

Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America.

Let that sink in…

GEORGE FLOYD VIDEO *Warning this video is graphic and very disturbing*

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiG3rrwiuHpAhXEhOAKHZErAggQ3ywwAHoECAoQAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkiSm0Nuqomg&usg=AOvVaw0baga2GnnIhbW4o4me9N1Z

LL COOL J’s ” Black Lives Matter” Freestyle -June 2020

https://youtu.be/7pcokPpvd2E

N.W.A.’s “Fuck the Police” –

https://youtu.be/Z7-TTWgiYL4

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