I, along with thousands of others, just watched surveliance footage of George Floyd in the moments before he was killed by a police officer kneeling on his throat. As much as I hate linking to TMZ, I’m going to because it’s an important story.
The footage shows two police officers — neither one of whom is the same officer who put his knee on Floyd’s throat — approaching Floyd’s car. (The police had been called because Floyd apparently paid for a meal with a counterfeit ten dollar bill and not because he was writing a bad check, as was initially reported.) Two women get out of the car. Because of the positioning of the car and the camera, it’s difficult to see what happens when Floyd gets out of the car but it does appear that there was a slight scuffle when he first got out. However, it doesn’t look like like it was a huge fight (if anything, it looks like the reaction of a man who is shocked that he’s being arrested) and Floyd is quickly hand-cuffed and appears to be cooperating, even if he is understandably upset. When more police officers arrives, Floyd is taken across the street. The surveillance footage does not show what happened in the moments that led to Floyd being down on the ground with that cop’s knee on his throat.
Watching the video, I don’t see someone violently resisting. I see someone who is upset because he’s being arrested, as I think anyone would be. I would especially be upset if I was being arrested for having a counterfeit bill. Money gets passed around and that includes bill that may be counterfeit.
None of that matters, though. Even if Floyd did struggle or knowingly committed a crime, that’s not a reason for keeping your knee on the throat of a man who has been subdued. They could prove that Floyd was the biggest counterfeiter in Minnesota and it still wouldn’t change the fact that he shouldn’t be dead right now. In the video of Floyd’s death, the cop in question taunts Floyd by asking him if he still thinks he’s a tough guy. Floyd’s death was all about power. The cop wanted to show off his power and as a result George Floyd is now dead.
Charges need to be filed soon.