George Floyd Saga, 2021: To Prevent More Violence, Minnesota's Governor Reaches for Some Very Big Guns

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George Floyd.

It’s not a name associated with mild occurrences.

Tragically, Mr. Floyd died while under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (see discussions of his passing here and here). 

Therefore, a trial is upcoming.

And in anticipation of the event, Gov. Tim Walz has taken some sizable precaution.

As noted by The Daily Wire, on Friday, the leader of the state activated the National Guard.

Per Tim’s executive order, the Guard will be positioned across Minnesota’s Twin Cities — the Mini-Apple and St. Paul.

Proceedings are set for March, and the state’s not taking any chances.

And it shouldn’t — the summer saw over $1 billion in damages, nationally, due to riots following the viral video in which George repeated, “I can’t breathe.”

Courtesy of the order, Tim explained that both towns’ mayors are on the same page:

The upcoming trials of the former officers involved in the death of George Floyd have raised the potential of civil unrest in the Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and nearby communities. The Mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have requested assistance from the State, including the Minnesota National Guard, to support public safety and security and to prevent or respond to potential civil unrest. In addition to other state resources, the National Guard can supplement local law enforcement efforts to keep the peace, ensure public safety, and allow for peaceful demonstrations.

That “peaceful” part will be critical. “Protests” don’t destroy cities; but riots will rip the joint to shreds.

As you’re well aware, four cops were involved in the Floyd catastrophe. While Derek will stand before a judge (on counts of manslaughter and 2nd degree murder) in the third month of 2021, the remaining trio won’t see their day in court ’til the summer.

According to the Wire, such a separation is aimed at cutting down courtroom crowding in light of the pandemic.

As the officers involved are headed for scrutiny under the law, George’s status seems ever-rising.

In November, I covered a Maitland, Florida Holocaust museum’s new George Floyd exhibit.

Via a press release, photographer John Noltner explained his work:

“The world is complex. Historical wounds are deep. In all the heated rhetoric of the day, we forget to listen. I hope that through these stories and these faces, you can understand the events of our day in a new way. I hope you can challenge some of your own preconceptions and I hope you can see the humanity of each and every person. When I photograph a person—no matter who they are—I strive to leave a simple message: I see you. I hear you. And you matter.”

Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center Assistant Executive Director Lisa Bachman praised the display:

“You don’t just see this exhibit. You feel it. The expressions and thoughts of each person photographed tells a story that has a very universal message. It is one that can heal and bring us together. It shows us we are not alone in our thinking.”

However, the installation wasn’t unanimously embraced:

Back to Minnesota, the man who kept his knee on George’s neck for approximately 8 minutes is about to be installed into a courthouse.

Hence, the Guard is ready to be installed as well.

And hopefully — after a tragic death and a year filled with destruction in the aftermath — nothing more will be broken. 

That goes for windows, lives, and the state of the nation.

-ALEX

 

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