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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 aristarchus on Tuesday June 02 2020, @08:33PM (12 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Tuesday June 02 2020, @08:33PM (#1002335) Journal

    Nice try, martyb! This cannot but end in racist MAGA thugs crossing a street to tear gas priests to use their church for a photo op, or some thing like that.

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  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:29PM (10 children)

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:29PM (#1002378) Journal
    So nice of you to be the first to mention MAGA in this discussion.
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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by aristarchus on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:40PM (4 children)

      by aristarchus (2645) on Tuesday June 02 2020, @09:40PM (#1002390) Journal

      Not just MAGA, MAGA Thugs! But, seriously, you were just asking for it. Now let me direct a horde of Anti Fascists in the general direction of SN. But, actually we do not need them, because Soylentils are creatures of extraordinary peace and justice, so the Trump supporting trolls will be dealt with appropriately. Even khallow has been making sense lately!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @12:08AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @12:08AM (#1002989)

        So anti-fascists are anti-fascist because it's in the name, exactly like national socialists were socialists? The FBI are questioning people arrested in NYC about connections to Antifa, twitchy asshole time for these authoritarians pretending they're anarchists. [youtu.be]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @12:29AM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @12:29AM (#1002997)

          But finding none. [thenation.com] Interesting.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @02:37AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @02:37AM (#1003038)

            Watch and learn [instagram.com]

            Review Debord, you are watching theater. Antifa is not a hierarchical organization, it's vertically integrated like ISIS so it takes longer to map but the cells are there.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 05 2020, @01:27AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 05 2020, @01:27AM (#1003489)

              it's vertically integrated like ISIS so it takes longer to map

              With the crucial distinction: Antifa does not exist. It is like Q, to QAnon. Or the Deep State, Trump's attempt to be more like Nixon and his Deep Throat. Or, the pron movie.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:06PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:06PM (#1002417)

      Well since that was the core message behind the POTUS's campaign I think it is fair.

      How come I never see this tone trolling stuff against the conservative shitposters? Hmmmmmm, no sarcasm tags, suspeeshus.

      • (Score: 5, Touché) by SpockLogic on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:40PM

        by SpockLogic (2762) on Tuesday June 02 2020, @10:40PM (#1002454)

        The rotten core is full of MAGAts

         

         

         

        MAGA = Morons are Governing America

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by martyb on Wednesday June 03 2020, @02:27PM (2 children)

        by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 03 2020, @02:27PM (#1002726) Journal

        Hmmmmmm, no sarcasm tags, suspeeshus.

        You want sarcasm tags? We've got sarcasm tags! Near the bottom of the comment entry form (the one you used to enter the above comment) appears this text:

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        For example, if you enter this text in your comment:

        <sarcasm> text </sarcasm>

        It is rendered as:

        <sarcasm> text </sarcasm>

        Similarly, if you enter this text in your comment:

        <sarc> text </sarc>

        That is rendered as:

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:07PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:07PM (#1002873)

          I was commenting on the lack of sarcasm tags in your post. Didn't seem like you'd be genuinely thankful for MAGA to be mentioned, bit of an odd statement.

          I'm sure some other users appreciated your educational post though.

          • (Score: 2) by martyb on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:30PM

            by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:30PM (#1002882) Journal
            I completely misunderstood your point. Thanks for the explanation, and for your seeing that others may appreciate the "educational post". I was certainly educated about using the tools provided by the site! Thank you.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:15PM (#1002709)

    Nice try, martyb! This cannot but end in racist MAGA thugs crossing a street to tear gas priests to use their church for a photo op, or some thing like that.

    MAGA = Making Anal Great Again. Significant that you bring this up.