On Monday, May 25th, a video surfaced that has since gone viral of a Minneapolis police officer pinning a man, George Floyd, to the ground, holding him stationary by a knee to the neck.
Our boss, David J. Harris Jr., shared his take on this outrageous situation.
From The Blaze:
A widely shared viral video shows the moment a Minneapolis police officer kneels on the neck of a motionless, groaning man in the street.
The man, who was reportedly a suspect of a “forgery in progress,” can be heard telling the officer that he cannot breathe and that everything hurts.
The man later dies.
What happened in the video?
As highlighted by CBS News, the incident took place on Monday night. The unnamed officer responds to a call of a “forgery in progress,” where he encounters the suspect.
Video of the incident begins by showing the suspect on the ground with the officer’s knee on the suspect’s neck.
“Please,” he can be heard begging. “I can’t breathe.”
The officer does not remove his knee despite the man’s pleas.
“My stomach hurts, my neck hurts. Everything hurts,” the moaning suspect can be heard saying. “[I need] water or something. Please. Please, I can’t breathe officer. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.”
The man’s nose reportedly begins to bleed, and he groans some more.
Onlookers can be heard in the background of the video, pleading with the officer to get up.
“He’s not resisting arrest or nothing,” one male can be heard saying. “You’re enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language — you bum! You know that’s bogus right now!”
A nearby female can be heard pleading with the officer to check the now-unresponsive man’s pulse.
Shortly afterward, an ambulance arrives and takes away the suspect.
Another male can be heard saying, “You just really killed that man, bro.”
It has been further reported that the police department’s statement said:
“Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence. Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car.”
“After he got out, he physically resisted officers, Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance.”
The statement also pointed out that while the man later died, “at no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident.”
It’s so hard to maintain any measure of composure when we see events such as this one take place. What’s even worse is that there seems to be such a concerted effort being put forth by the media to paint any kind of incident of this type as being President Trump’s fault.
I’m old enough to remember 12 presidents, and there has NEVER been such a concerted effort to pin a “racist” label on a man who is demonstrably the LEAST racist of all of them.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to hear some talking head somewhere pontificate about this whole event being caused by the racist climate supposedly fostered and enabled by our current presidential administration.
At least Minneapolis’s mayor was justifiably upset:
The video of a Minneapolis police officer killing a defenseless, handcuffed man is one of the most vile and heartbreaking images I’ve ever seen. The officer who stood guard is just as responsible as his partner; both must be held fully accountable. This must stop now.
— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter) May 26, 2020