You must have recently heard of George Floyd, a black American who was killed by a white police officer by racist motives. A drama which has shaken the world and of which no one understands the barbarity of the act. The FBI has launched an investigation to clear up the situation !
But what really happened on May 25th, 2020 in Minneapolis ?
This is hardly believable and the whole world is shocked by the event. A 46-year-old African American man died of asphyxiation during a lap tackle by white policeman Derek Chauvin.This Monday, around 8 p.m., George Floyd was arrested by local police for being suspected of having used a fake twenty dollar bill in a grocery store. A team of 4 representatives handcuffed him and took him near a police car. Unarmed, an officer tackled him to the ground and pressed his knee on the victim's neck for eight minutes. A time which seemed interminable for George Floyd who repeated several times "I can't breathe". Acknowledging the man's plight, many witnesses witnessed the scene and ordered the police to stop... in vain. Finally an ambulance arrived at the scene and transported George Floyd to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few minutes later.
Floyd had moved to Minneapolis in 2014 to find work. He also participated in the foundation of the hip-hop collective "Schewed Up Click" and rapped for several pieces by DJ Screw. Since this act, protests and marches of support of all kinds have taken place to demand justice for the assailants of George Floyd, to order that the black community is no longer victim of this kind of acts, ... Chaos installed itself in the city.
Yesterday, May 29th, 2020, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd.
Yet this kind of racist drama is not the first. George’s death is very similar to that of another African American, Éric Garner, who died in 2014 after a police arrest. This man died in the same conditions, because of a ventral tackle. This event contributed to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, which had the consequence and benefit of banning the tackle technique during an arrest. This rule was not respected on May 25 by Derek Chauvin.
Racist murders of this kind have been numerous in the United States, ...
In 1999, America suffered just as much. The American people had been hit hard by the death of Amadou Diallo. A young African American man riddled with 19 bullets on 41 shots fired by police during a simple check. Amadou Diallo was looking for his wallet, thinking that the police would ask him to. The police, convinced that it was a weapon, fired directly. This act was deemed racist. The suffering of America was so great that the famous American singer, Bruce Springsteen, wrote the song "American Skin (41 Shots)" in his memory.
The music’s message was misinterpreted by the public, the artist boycotted and accused of filling his boxes with tragic cases like this one. However, Bruce Springsteen simply expressed the suffering he experienced with this drama.
Now hope that justice is done in memory of George Floyd and that such acts do not happen again!
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