The George Floyd Story: Timeline And Latest Updates

Police Brutality is a topic that many African-Americans are familiar with. What is called ‘the talk’ is given even before young black boys are old enough to recognize racism. A black child is reminded to be respectful to the police and to follow every instruction so that they do not wind up dead. George Floyd may have been such a child.

George Floyd cause of death

As he took his last breath face flat and perhaps scuffed by the concrete with a police officer’s (Derek Chauvin) knee firmly pressed against his neck, this 46-year-old man was a child again. Twice he exclaimed “mama, mama!” He couldn’t breathe. He died within minutes.

Another black man killed by a white police officer.

George Floyd

Why was George Floyd arrested?

The first footage released after his death, shot by a by-stander at the scene of the crime, chronicles the last few minutes of this man’s life. His brutal treatment was said to be an arrest for an alleged crime of forgery and his resisting arrest. You can hear bystanders pleading for George Floyd’s life as so-called “Officer” Chauvin unrelentingly pressed his knee against his neck.

‘Please. Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe.’

Black man George Floyd died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck (warning: distressing)

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 27, 2020

Like the bystander who fought for George Floyd’s life repeated, Derek Chauvin seemed to enjoy the torture he was causing. Even as he was informed that George Floyd was motionless, he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck until the ambulance arrived. George Floyd must have died several times over.

Was George Floyd resisting arrest?

A few hours after this footage goes viral, more footage is seen of different angles of the crime. A shop adjacent to the crime scene––and it is indeed a crime scene for the brutality and murder we witnessed––released its CCTV footage showing George before the throw down. He is not seen to be resisting arrest to any significant extent. Another camera angle shows George held down by two other officers.

Many questions lurk in all these revelations; especially, would this kind of treatment be given to a white non-violent suspect?

George Floyd, the person

George Floyd worked in a restaurant, Conga Latin Bistro as a bouncer and many knew him as Big Floyd with his big smile and sunny disposition.

George Floyd was born in Houston and grew up in the city’s Third War. He graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football, according to KTRK. He moved to Minnesota for work and to drive trucks, according to friend and former NBA player, Stephen Jackson.

“Knowing my brother is to love my brother,” Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, told CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday. “He’s a gentle giant, he don’t hurt anybody.”

I knew him. He was a bouncer at Conga Latin Bistro, where my boyfriend’s band plays. He always had a huge smile on his face and great energy. He once said to me, “I like how you hold your head high coming here by yourself to support your man.” #GeorgeFloyd

— Gina (@mariemorgan201) May 27, 2020

Officers fired

The Minneapolis police Chief, Medaria Arradondo on Tuesday afternoon, May 26, announced the sack of the four police officers involved in the crime.

A family devastated

Sister of the victim, Bridget Floyd, in tears while speaking to NBC is demanding for justice for her brother. She wants the officers to not just be fired but also charged for murder.

Trayvon Martin’s attorney Benjamin Crump retained

The protests

Expectedly several protests have taken place around the city of Minneapolis where Floyd was killed. In response; the Police was seen throwing assault tear gas and shooting rubber bullets at the protesters.

Minneapolis Police shot a rubber bullet into a crowd & injured a Protestor in the eye.

I ask again where were they during the protests about opening up our economy?

I’m all for people protesting even if I don’t agree, so why the double standard?

— Fiorella Isabel🌹🔥 (@Fiorella_im) May 27, 2020

As we await more news unfolding on this situation, a basic conclusion for all the protesters and many who are enraged on Social media remains that this was a racial hate crime. Yet another black man killed for being black in America.

Several petitions have been set up to pressure authorities to immediately file charges against the officers involved. The biggest petition on Change.org has already garners 1.1 millions signatures of the 1.5 million goal. To sign the petition, click here.

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