GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH: AN EYEOPENER TO A PANDEMIC WORSE THAN THE COVID’19

 

ABIMBOLA ADELAKUN

MINNEAPOLIS, MINOSOTA.

An African-American died on the 25th of may after being arrested by police for allegedly giving fake cash for a pack of cigarettes, outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

it began when George Floyd, the African-American, went into a store on the 25th of may and bought a pack of cigarettes from Cups Foods, a grocery store. The store employee thought the 20$ used by George to pay was a counterfeit and went ahead to report to the police.

In the report, the employee told the police he had demanded the pack of cigarette from Mr Floyd but “he(Floyd) doesn’t want to do that” according to a transcript released by the authorities.

The employee also reported that Floyd appeared “drunk” and not “not in control of himself”, the transcript says.

Few moments after the call, two police officers arrived and at this time, Mr Floyd was sitting with two other people in a car packed around the corner. After approaching the car, one of the officers, Thomas Lane, pulled out his gun and ordered Mr Floyd to show his hands. It was added that Mr Floyd “actively resisted being handcuffed”.

Once handcuffed, Mr Lane explained that he(Floyd) was being arrested for “passing counterfeit currency”. Then the officers tried to put Mr Floyd in the squad car and a struggle ensued. 

At around 20:14, Mr Floyd “fell to the ground and told the officers he was claustrophobic”, according to the report. 

Then Mr Chauvin arrived at the scene and he, along with other officers tried to put Mr Floyd in a police car. In the midst of the struggle, at 20:19, Mr Chauvin pulled Mr Floyd out of the passenger’s side, causing him to fall to the ground, the report said.

M Floyd laid there, face down, still in handcuffs. At this point, witnesses started to film Mr Floyd. Footage from the witnesses shows a white police officer, Derek Chauvin Kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck while he was pinned to the floor. And Mr Floyd was begging and saying “I can’t breathe”.

The events led to Mr Floyd’s death within thirty minutes. 

Mr Chauvin, 44, has since been charged with murder.

The death of Mr Floyd has made a lot of African-Americans feel unsafe and scared for their lives. 

His death made us realize that there are some things that kill faster than Covid’19 like, Racism.

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