The disturbing video showing an oversize “Rambo movie” replica white policeman mercilessly killing a black man on handcuffs, is disturbing to say the least.
The ugly incident, has drawn nation wide attention and possibly riots because of that barbaric act by officers of the Minnesota police Department, and it can only be comparable to what we witness in lawless states in some parts of the uncivilized Nations. Here was a desperate man, pleading with the police, and who posed no danger, and yet, the burly merciless policeman, kept on pressing his neck till he passed out and worse still, could not let go.
That in itself, was not attempting to arrest an unarmed man, but it was outright an act of murder in itself.
The fact that the four police were terminated, is not good enough, as they should be arrested, and charged as accessories to murder.
Those who have witnessed or watched the video of the arrest, and the subsequent killing, have seen what can only be described as a case of police brutality while using excessive force.
The officers not only initiated physical interaction with the unarmed man, but also caused injury to his body, as blood was oozing through his nose. One of the officer who appears Caucasian, is seen keeping off the crowd that was pleading with them to stop pressing him down as he was unresponsive, but the crowd is threatened to dare go near.
The exertion of force, was not necessary towards the end as he was already in handcuffs, and all they needed to do, was to push him to the car, or immobilize him with tasers.
It does not take an expert in police training to understand that there is a difference between restraining someone, and pinning a helpless person to the ground until he is unresponsive.
This disturbing instance of excessive force has garnered a fair amount of national attention as all evidence is available, and many are of the opinion that the action and even the alleged petty crime, was not necessary.
The public reaction, in the face of national conversations on the violence netted on black communities, makes sense and is extremely justifiable to say that being black in America is like a death sentence.
We, as Kenyans from Africa, should not lose sight of the fact that this is nationwide phenomenon, and it can happen to any one of us. We should therefore, get concerned if we care about the well-being of someone in our community for the same can easily happen. We should also avoid falling into the trap of only calling for justice for black people, as it can also happen to other races, but rather condemn the whole police training that needs urgent review not only in America, but worldwide.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents the congressional district Floyd’s death happened in, said: “It is sickening to watch this black man killed while helplessly begging for help. Black lives matter isn’t just a chant, it’s a call for justice. It’s a call for our humanity to be recognized. This must stop. There needs to be an immediate Department of Justice investigation into this.”
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, in a statement, identified the man as Floyd and said he was representing his family. The mayor also identified him on Twitter.
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck,” Crump said. “This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge.”
The Diaspora National Assembly CS in charge of Education and Sports Hon Rev. Wambui Njoroge condemned the police action in the strongest words possible and had this to say:
This is not Police Brutality. This is the Murder of a Black Man in broad daylight in the hands of white police men assisted by some minority and they should be hanged.
God forgives, but they should pay for this evil ..So Terrible
Excuse me folks this is a type of modern lynching…all elements are there…Day light, Camera, Crowd, Video that will go viral, those who are standing and watching by…and a man says, “I can’t Breathe” and that demon possessed Cop continues to press on his neck with his knees bearing all his weight on him until the man dies. And may no one cut the slack for the Cops from hell. Imagine if it was at night?. And the accomplices too are as guilty as sin.
*That is what modern lynching looks like to me.*
They should be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law- they are murderers wearing uniforms. Someone should investigate their case loads. It should be Revealing.
A man can be drunk
A man can have drugs
A man can be under the influence
A man could have forged documents
A man could have been engaged in fraud whatever,
He could even have committed a crime
Even resisted arrest.
But nothing equals his death.
Nothing absolutely Nothing equals taking away the life of this Black man so senselessly like that.
The cruel murder as a punishment does not in any way shape or form equal the crime.
None of the above is equal to the Death of a Black Man.
We only have one Life to live.
The Police had no right to kill him…it Makes me angry.
I hate injustice. Anywhere. It is so very SAD
*BLACK LIFE STILL MATTERS*.
Police brutality and excessive force reflect an overwhelmingly unjust criminal justice system that needs repealed. During this time of extreme emotional suffering, antagonism, hate and push for change in the police actions, we must ensure our responses reflects the way anti-blackness and privileges play out generally.
We must advocate for the communities where many blacks have lost their lives, and condole with the bereaved in solidarity, while shouting enough is enough, because “black lives matter”.
In the eventual consequences of this troubling video event, we call upon law enforcement to do everything possible it can, to defend the rights of all people black or white so that policemen involved in such heinous acts, are arrested forthwith and tried without bail. We appeal to all in America and the World over, to condemn the police brutality and the organs that continue to sustain these activities both in this specific case, and as commonly occurring daily on a national scale.
The Diaspora National Assembly (DNA) Global Ambassador Jimmy Kairu, called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of DEREK CHAUVIN, the policeman that caused the death of George Floyd. He added Rest in peace George Flyod, your death was not in vain. Justice must and will be served.
Let us hope that the law will take appropriate action, and proper Justice served for George Floyd, his family, community and the entire country.
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Arch Dr. D.K. Gitau
Diaspora National Assembly for 254