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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: (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: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:49PM (4 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:49PM (#1002718)

    piles of bricks

    Well that's clearly Illuminiati/Freemasons doing ;-)

    In college (1980s) I was recruited for some kind of secret society vaguely touted to be related to the Illuminati - I declined at the point where they said: "If you go any further there's no turning back." Seemed like a clear choice to me: I'll pass, thanks. Anyway, in the teaser they talked about creation of chaos as the opportunity for change, the opportunity to gain power during chaotic change, etc. On the one hand, it sounded like a bunch of B.S., on the other hand, the guy recruiting me was a foster child from a poor-ish foster family and "the organization" fronted tens of thousands of dollars for him to go to a private university to study political science, and possibly to try to recruit me.

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  • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Wednesday June 03 2020, @02:44PM (3 children)

    by RS3 (6367) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @02:44PM (#1002734)

    I think you're on to something. I would've thought bricks too obvious, but maybe the Freemasons posited that people would think it too obvious and blame the illumanati? And don't discount the Mafia. They killed JFK... wasn't it because he was messing around with Marilyn too much? And what about Sirhan Sirhan? Talk about contrived persons. They didn't have enough time to come up with a 2nd name. Or they thought people would be so distracted by the stutter name that it would throw them off the trail. Kind of like a magician creating distraction. And how do we know you did not join that society? Maybe it was just DND people? How did you put that many bricks everywhere? Maybe the looters put the bricks there to confound everyone else. If we could get the looters to build something with the bricks it'd blow everyone's minds, but we could blame it on coronavirus, which somehow plays into the whole plan but we haven't pieced it all together yet.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday June 03 2020, @03:11PM (1 child)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @03:11PM (#1002745)

      Random actors is the simpler explanation, and therefore the more likely.

      Secret societies do exist... they do have some measure of influence, but IMO modern technology / global connectivity is a strong headwind for them, and they've probably historically overstated their actual influence in order to try to grow their influence in the present/future.

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      • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Wednesday June 03 2020, @03:52PM

        by RS3 (6367) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @03:52PM (#1002766)

        (spooky music playing) We'll probably never know...

        But seriously, yes, I agree 100%.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @04:28PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @04:28PM (#1002796)

      JFK was killed because he was planning to nationalize the Federal Reserve. If you really want to get rid of Trump, convince him that he had a great idea to nationalize the Fed. Someone will take care of that for you.