This is truly disturbing. No one should ever have to endure this. I just watched a video of police officers in Minneapolis arresting a man. They put him in handcuffs, placed him on the ground, and then one officer pressed his knee against the man’s neck and applied pressure until the man died. He kept pressing for up to 8 minutes while the man shouted out that he couldn’t breathe. Then after he went silent the officer did not relent. What happened was paramount to slowly torturing this poor man to death. Incidents like this have happened before, but this one impacted me in a much larger way. Once we are apprehended by police then they have to be responsible for our health and safety. They took an oath to protect lives, not end them. There are protests now being orchestrated in Minneapolis because of this situation. The 4 officers involved were all fired. As far as I am concerned, that is not enough. For those of you who missed it, here is an article:
For the record, I did not like it when a woman was pulled over for not using a turn signal, placed in jail and then died while in prison. I didn’t like it when a man ran from a police officer and was shot in the back, killing him. I didn’t like it when people chased down a man in Georgia with guns and shot him dead. I didn’t like it when a choke hold was placed on a man by police, killing him in the process. Of course, I do not like the fact that the officers who killed these people were White and the victims were Black. One thing I have figured out: Videos are essential for us all. They make the difference between what the police say and the truth. Authorities tend to believe police accounts most times, because they are supposed to represent law enforcement. Police will (rightfully so) look out for each other. Some may even lie. Please don’t get me wrong on this. I am a supporter of police. We need them. What these officers did should not reflect on the entire police force at all. However, we can’t allow incidents like this to keep happening. The ‘only’ way to protect ourselves is through the use of video. Whenever you see anyone being apprehended by police, I think it is imperative to shoot video on your camera. This is not just for the sake of those being apprehended but to help validity the actions of the police. Some police may object to you videoing what they are doing, but this benefits them as well. Race should not be an issue here, but because of the disparity between the races this whole thing will be blown out of proportion. The man in this video said several times he could not breathe. The people at the scene shouted to the officer that he was killing the man. The man was handcuffed and already subdued so there was no longer a need to continue applying force to his neck. Instead of helping the man, the one officer directed the people to stay away so that the officer could kill him. This was awful in every way. Protests in Minneapolis? Yeah, I am not surprised. I am not advocating this, but enough is enough. You can’t keep killing innocent people just because you are law enforcement. Let’s see if these officers are arrested. Let’s see if these officers are found innocent at trial. Let’s see who supports what these officers did. Let’s see if any ‘real’ justice prevails. I understand that people make mistakes. I do not believe that the 4 policemen actually intended to kill the man. I do believe that they should have been properly trained better. Now I am just waiting for the next situation to pop up. You and I both know it is going to happen. For God’s sake, please let’s use more video to help everyone. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Stylistics in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar