CC isn’t a place to talk about some of the deep seeded mistrust that the African-American community has with law enforcement. But CC is a place where a lot of smart people congregate to talk about many topics including some topics outside of the realm of “all things academia”. So I am going to talk about my initial impressions of the events that have unfolded since George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the Minneapolis PD.
I have not seen any threads on CC speaking to the George Floyd tragedy, but my social media platforms have been overwhelmed with anger, cries for justice, and outright rage within my “village” of family and friends. This one hurt. George Floyd was taken into custody for an alleged forgery (fake $20 bill) and he died on the street while citizens were watching and communicating that he was in distress. This was a disrespectful disregard of a life, and it has reinforced to my own children of color the great care they must take when in the presence of law enforcement. I truly believe that there are many fine officers who protect my community, but I have seen and experienced enough that will always cause me to act with extreme caution and some fear (despite being a law abiding citizen) around law enforcement.
The protests will hopefully help lead to some justice for Floyd’s family, and I pray that any rioters understand that justice will not be served by committing crimes and random acts of violence. My question to others on CC is how does this case end now that the primary officer (Derek Chauvin) has been charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter? Should any other officers on the scene bear any criminal responsibility for what happened to George Floyd?