It’s happened again. A law abiding citizen of the USA has been killed by Police brutality and the victim is once again African-American. George Floyd, who worked as a security guard at Conga Latin Bistro, told officers repeatedly “Please, I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me” as Police Officer Derek Chauvin pinned his neck to the ground with his knee. Moments after this Floyd is taken away in an ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
The whole story is reminiscent of Eric Garner’s death, another black man who died while a white officer restrained him ignoring his pleading “I can’t breathe”. The USA has already been gripped in the legal hurdles over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year old unarmed African-American jogger killed by a white father and son. It took months for the guilty parties to be arrested and only now is being investigated as a hate crime.
Who is Derek Chauvin?
The Police Officer seen in the video pinning George Floyd to the ground has been identified as Derek Chauvin. After national outcry he has been fired from the department but has a history of unnecessary use of force especially on people of colour and has been accused of making racist statements.
In 2006 Derek Chauvin was accused of using excessive force by shooting Wayyne Reyes, who he claimed had pulled a shotgun on the officers present. In 2008 he shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles, claiming he tried to take an officer’s gun. Klevar Jacome, Darwin Vivar and Everett Vivar died after Chauvin rammed his police car at high speed into their car during a Police chase.
Some have claimed that Derek Chauvin is the man standing next to President Donald Trump during a political rally. It has also been claimed on social media that he has worn a variation of Donald Trump’s caps “Make America Great Again” which instead read “Make Whites Great Again”. However it has now come to light rhis is not Chauvin but an internet troll named Jonathan Riches.
Many pointed out the hypocrisy of President Trump, who criticised Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest the murder of black innocent people by Police. They pointed out that Derek Chauvin is also taking a knee but has not been criticised by President Trump.
Statistics show that in 2017 the number of white people shot to death by Police was 457 and the number of black people shot to death by Police was 233. This means two times more white people are shot dead by police than black people but there are 4.6 times more white people in the USA than black people. Year on year there is not much variations in these figures.
Questions need to be asked whether Derek Chauvin may have belonged to a group of White Supremacists who wanted to bring about political change in the USA. There has been an increase in domestic terrorism in the USA with the chances of being killed by a homegrown or White Supremacist terrorist being significantly more likely than by a Jihadi terrorist.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said “What we saw was horrible, completely and utterly messed up. This man’s life matters…He was someone’s son” He said while breaking up “He should be with us this morning” He went on to say “Being black in America should not be a death sentence”
The sad reality for many black Americans is that there is a culture of racial profiling in the USA and as long as that remains, more innocent people will die.