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It took some time to absorb this tragically, sad and distressing news of the senseless murder of George Floyd on 25th May, which resonated with me so deeply like millions of people worldwide who have bravely protested for an end to racism and police brutality on black people, because Black Lives Matter!!!
George Floyd was a 46 year old black man, he was shopping at Cup Food Store on the 25th May in Minneapolis Minnesota, the shopkeeper suspected that the $20 George wanted to purchase his goods with was counterfeit. The cops were promptly called in accordance to Cup Food Store policy.
iD.. Black Male. Four Police Officers Arrived On The Scene
George Floyd obeyed orders throughout the whole devastating ordeal of being handcuffed, and physically restraint by four police officers, as he laid undignified face down on the floor, outside of the store in full view of the public, but things escalated to horrific scenes police brutality and murder.
One of the police officers was unnecessarily pressing his knee deep into George Floyd’s neck, so fatally and brutally restricting his oxygen until he drew his last breath and died right there at the scene. His pleas for help were ignored. ” I can’t breathe” “Mama” and “Please.”
A white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street; two other officers further restrained Floyd and another stood by and prevented onlookers from intervening. At two points, the police officer that was holding Floyd’s legs asked to roll Floyd on his side.
During the last three minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but officers made no attempt to revive him Floyd was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital” – Wikipedia Reports.
If I Would Have Been There George Floyd May Still Be Alive
The Cut Interview: Abumayyaleh The Manager of Cup Foods was interviewed by The Cut, in that interview Abumayyaleh explained in detail the tragic account of what had happened to George Floyd on 25th May. Abumayyaleh said it’s standard protocol for businesses to notify police about fake money, but his family knows most of their customers and rarely involves officers in store issues.
Abumayyaleh knew Floyd as he called him a “big teddy bear” who would come to Cup Foods a few times a week to pay his cell phone bill, and said that they always got along. But that fatal night a few of his younger employees with less experience were working. Anumayyaleh wishes he had been in the store to speak to speak with Floyd himself. If I would have been here the authorities would not have been called, ” he said. “George Floyd may still be alive.”
The Cut explained: After Floyd’s death, the 35 year old store co-owner has decided to make sure cops won’t be called to Cup Foods again. “Black people in urban communities are targeted.” he said. ” This is a step towards fixing the issue.”
In a Facebook Statement on Sunday Abumayyaleh said: “Until stop killing innocent people, we will handle incidents like this one using non-violent tactics that do not involve police.” He will tell staff not to call the cops unless there’s an extreme situation. And Abumayyaleh will no longer pay for off-duty officers to patrol the business on Friday and Saturday nights.
“We thought it’s just better to sever our ties with the Minneapolis Police Department” added Jamar Nelson who who was hired to do community and media relations for Cup Foods after Floyd’s death.
You can read more about Abumayyaleh and Jamar Nelson’s in-depth and positive views on the whole situation here at The Cut Interview with Abumayyaleh
Here is the distressing video from witnesses on the scene which is still widely circulating and broadcasted online, it captures in real time the sickening countdown to George Floyd being brutally murdered outside the store
Why Was George Floyd Treated This Way? Black Being The Colour Of His Skin!
R.I.P George Floyd. My Sincere Condolences To His Family And Friends At This Difficult Time
Derek Chauvin was Convicted of The Murder of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd on 25th June 2021. Chauvin denied charges of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree murder, but the ruling stands at a unanimous decision, and guilty on all counts.
Chauvin faces 22 and a half years in prison, but if aggravating factors are later determined by the prosecutors, it could lead the judge to sentence Chauvin to a maximum of 40 years.
There were very emotional scenes of distress, screams and applauds where George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis which has now been named George Floyd Square, and outside the court where chants of “All Three Counts” and “George Floyd” it was an emotional and tearful moment with comfort hugs all round, whilst other screamed over the anguish of what has been a build up leading to Chauvin’s conviction.
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