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posted by martyb on Tuesday June 02 2020, @07:30PM   Printer-friendly

African-American George Floyd's death has led to marches, demonstrations, acts of violence, and looting across the USA and in other parts of the world. Emotions are running high. We will not attempt to accuse or defend anyone here. Just attempt to lay out the information we have and offer it up for the community to discuss. Many comments about this incident have been posted to unrelated stories on this site. This is, therefore, an attempt to provide one place on SoylentNews where people are encouraged to discuss it. So as to not derail other stories on the site, I kindly ask you focus those comments here.

Wikipedia has a page about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_George_Floyd (permanent link to the page as it appeared at the time of writing):

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white American Minneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.[3][4][5][6][7] Officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane participated in Floyd's arrest, with Kueng holding Floyd's back, Lane holding his legs, and Thao looking on and preventing intervention by an onlooker as he stood nearby.[8]:6:24[9][10]

The arrest was made after Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market.[11] Police said Floyd physically resisted arrest.[12][13] Some media organizations commented that a security camera from a nearby business did not show Floyd resisting.[14][15] The criminal complaint filed later said that based on body camera footage, Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe while standing outside the police car, resisted getting in the car and intentionally fell down.[16][17][18][19] Several bystanders recorded the event on their smartphones, with one video showing Floyd repeating "Please", "I can't breathe", "Mama", and "Don't kill me" being widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by the media.[20] While knee-to-neck restraints are allowed in Minnesota under certain circumstances, Chauvin's usage of the technique has been widely criticized by law enforcement experts as excessive.[21][22][23] All four officers were fired the day after the incident.[24]

[...] Charges: Third-degree murder (Chauvin) Second-degree manslaughter (Chauvin)

This has been extensively covered by the media. Some outlets attempt to put their own interpretations on their coverage with their selection of video footage and with their commentary. It is difficult to find a simple video of the incident. Here is one that has coverage from the time of initial encounter of the police the officers with George Floyd up through his being taken away by ambulance. The video is a composite of shots from a restaurant's surveillance camera (Dragon Wok), Officer body cam, and bystander cell phones. YouTube footage: Full George Floyd Available Footage (21:12). If anyone has more complete footage of the arrest, please mention it clearly (with a link) in the comments.

Lastly, this is a hard time for everybody. Pandemic. Lock-down. Unemployment. Fears. Please be mindful of others' circumstances when commenting. We are a community sprung from a time of challenge. Let us continue to be here for one-another during this difficult time. SoylentNews is People.


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @08:01PM (10 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @08:01PM (#1002312)

    Next time assholes like you will claim that Floyd isn't dead at all, that it's just a big conspiracy by the "libruls" to hurt Trump's campain.

    There was an officially released autopsy report. Floyd didn't die of a heart attack, he died of suffocation.

    But I'm sure you'll claim that the autopsy report was falsified, that the forensic doctor who performed the autopsy was part of the conspiracy.

    Sometimes I wonder if some people actually like to show the entire world how clueless they are...

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:16PM (9 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:16PM (#1002369)

    I wonder if some people actually like to show the entire world how clueless they are...

    Well, open display of cluelessness seems to be good enough to get you elected President, so....

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:54PM (8 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:54PM (#1002404) Journal

      You know, "they" must be holding George Floyd in the basement of a Washington DC pizza shop.

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      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:03PM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:03PM (#1002413)

        Swapped the corpse with a soldier from a training accident, whole thing was staged, MAGA!

        /s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s

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      • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:07PM (6 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:07PM (#1002418)

        They're getting him fitted for suits because he seems more lively and with-it than Biden.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:34PM (4 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:34PM (#1002443)

          The dead guy on "Weekend at Bernie's" was more with it than Biden.

          • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday June 03 2020, @04:50PM (3 children)

            by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 03 2020, @04:50PM (#1002812) Journal

            Biden should win. His head can be hollowed out and replaced by electromagnetic actuators controlled by /dev/random.

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            • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Wednesday June 03 2020, @08:55PM (2 children)

              by acid andy (1683) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @08:55PM (#1002934) Homepage Journal

              In the meantime, please can we reroute all of Trump's output to /dev/null?

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              • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday June 03 2020, @09:45PM (1 child)

                by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 03 2020, @09:45PM (#1002947) Journal

                Horrible idea: reroute all of Trumps output to the electro mechanical actuators in Biden's hollowed out head.

                That way Trump can get more terms. For the good of the country. (omg)

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                • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:42PM

                  by acid andy (1683) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:42PM (#1002985) Homepage Journal

                  That's the stuff of nightmares! It might make a profitable horror movie, though.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:39PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:39PM (#1002450)

          Yeesh, tasteless "comedy" modded up? Hopefully it is the AC's own jizz sock account with the +mod.