Kneeling on a man’s neck for eight minutes, the last two-and-a-half unresponsive, no longer begging to breathe or calling for his mama, surrounded by a crowd of people shouting at you, Chauvin, to let the man breathe – that is a savage, inhumane abuse of power, a depraved act, in full view of all with no concern of rebuke, one hand in your pocket, illustrating there was no threat. Eighteen, EIGHTEEN, previous complaints from community members. Your brothers in blue going on with business as usual.
All you needed to understand what you were doing, treat George Floyd as a human being and pay even minimal attention to his condition is basic, human decency. Where has yours gone?
Over and over, we see this devastating tragedy play out, ripping families and communities apart. My mom heart grieves for the parents of black and brown sons. It’s nerve wracking enough to give our kids freedom and let them ride their bike off down the street or drive away alone after the driver’s license is procured. I cannot imagine adding the fear that this child has increased odds of interacting with law enforcement officers, who will start with the assumption that my kid is trouble, and which might end with the death of my baby boy just because of the color of his skin. My heart aches for you.
Please, can we just have basic, human decency for one another?