Since the murder of George Floyd, the pressure is rising on the US state of Minnesota. No justice, no peace slogan has once again raised which reminds of the 1992 LA Riots. People demands for prosecutors to put strong charges on the Minneapolis’ four police officers who have been captured in a viral video involved in the case of George Floyd, another unarmed black man in US who have been killed by white police personals in the current colander year.
Leslie Redmond, the President of the Minneapolis chapter of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) said that what he saw was a public lynching without a rope. He expressed the event with big grief and sorrow. Further, he said, “enough is enough. We’re done dying”. We want to see all four of these police personals prosecuted”
Moreover, the Minneapolis Mayer, Jacob Frey, also said during a news press conference Yesterday (Wednesday) that all four of the involved personnel have to be in jail. He also added before media, “If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now”.
Victim’s sister, Bridgett Floyd also expressed the event with grief and sorrow and she also wanted to see culprits behind bars. She said, “those guys need to be put in jail”. She also quoted that the police personals have murdered her brother George Floyd.
George Floyd: I can’t breath
One of Minneapolis police personal Derek Chauvin, a white person, knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year old black American unarmed resident for several minutes. In the video, it can be seen clearly that officer has pressed the neck of a 46-year old Floyd until he has been seen motionless. He was moaning and yelling on officer saying, “I can’t breathe”. The people who watched it were seen repeatedly saying to an officer to get off of George Floyd’s neck. But he didn’t listen to any of them and kept putting force until he found Floyd motionless.
The four officers who were found int eh video were identified by the local media. All of them were white and they named:
- Derek Chauvin
- Thomas Lane
- Tou Thao &
- J Alexander Kueng
The riots have now once again started. People’s slogans of No justice, no peace have seemed to be endless. As the case has been linked to the Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was also murdered by a New York City police personal in 2014. He was also chokehold and found leading, “I can’t breathe”.
No Justice No Peace | BLM: Black Lives Matter
George Floyd is not the first black man who has been victimized in the current calendar year in US. Several other cases have also been seen recently in US of black people being killed by police or former law enforcement.
On February 23, Ahmaud Arbery, A 25-year-old black man was killed by a retired law enforcement officer and his son while he was off for jogging. The legendary LeBron James also Tweeted for the incident saying “We feel insecure while stepping out of our home”
A few days later, on 13th March, another 25-years old black ‘Breonna Taylor’ was killed by police. They had a drug search warrant, but they didn’t get anything when they break into the house of a victim.
There is a series of these killings and facial discrimination in US. These racial disparities have given birth to BLC (Black Lives Matter), a concept which was founded in 2013. It influences to stop police violence and seek the attention of the authorities to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities in all states of US. BLC believes all humans are equal, no difference shall be made on the bases of colour, religion, or race.