Most of you are familiar with the horrific fate of Minneapolis man George Floyd, who died following a police officer’s decision to pin him to the ground, apply his body weight, and continue along that path for several minutes (this video, which doesn’t appear to start at the very beginning, shows the cop’s knee on him for about eight minutes).
As the incident’s exposure grows, thankfully, pressure for justice — like a heavy knee to a helpless man’s carotid artery — will be applied.
Apropos, the President of the United States tweeted important news Wednesday:
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd. I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”
….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
This is heartening.
What occurred on a Minnesota street Monday is something that should never happen in the United States of America. A man pleaded for help and was given none, by those hired to serve and protect.
In fact, so far as the evidence looks at this point (and it’s admittedly incomplete), it was those very badged individuals — four of them, who have all now been fired — who were the criminal culprits.
The city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, held a press conference Wednesday, during which he called for an arrest:
“I want to see a charge of the arresting officer take place.”
Jacob said he’d made his request clear to the county attorney.
See the conference here:
National attention by the President and a probe by the federal government will, presumably, add another level of (over)due process. A system which can allow what happened Monday in Minneapolis is clearly severely broken. We need to see substantial change.
Let us all hope and pray for the strongest justice in this case, whatever that may mean — in a way that might prevent future tragedies of this sort.
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