GEORGE FLOYD RIP
THE WORLD HEARD YOU!
SAYS HIS NAME
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, broke his silence to offer “condolences” to his family as Judge Peter Cahill sentenced him to 22 years and six months in prison. His mother spoke of how she will be sentenced too without a mention for George Floyd or his families loss. She said she feared dying before her favourite son is released from prison. “Derek has played over and over in his head the events of that day. I have seen the toll it has taken on him.”
The sentence marks 10 years above the 12.5-year guideline for second-degree unintentional murder, due to aggravating factors. Cahill said he wasn’t going to be “profound” in the court and instead pointed to a 22-page legal argument outlining the rationale for the determination.
It came after the court heard form Chauvin for the first time, as well as four members of the Floyd family. “I want to give my condolences to Floyd family, there’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind,” Chauvin said.
For the family of Floyd, his daughter, two brothers and nephew delivered victim impact statements asking the judge for the maximum sentence without the possibility of parole, probation or time off for good behaviour.
“Although Chauvin will be sentenced today and spend time in prison, he will have the luxury of seeing his family again, talking to them, he will likely get to spend time with them upon his release,” nephew Brandon Williams said.
“George’s murder, this trial, and everything in between has been tragically devastating, our family is forever broken and one thing we cannot get back is George Floyd.”
Hours before sentencing, the court ruled against the defence team’s request for a new trial or for a hearing on jury misconduct.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April following an emotional and tense trial in Minneapolis.
George Floyd represents all the Black Men gone before; his murder represents all the Black men killed by servicing police officers while in custody. Many documented as unlawful killing BUT never charged ‘in insufficient evidence.
Black men have long been murdered by police officers who are guilty as Derek Chauvin, who live to tell untruths of a life taken in custody.
George Floyd represents all the Black Men, women and children that will once again be taken again in the near future by White people with protected White power where systematic racism is not addressed and ultimately dismantled for the sake of the lives of Black bodies and humanity .
BLACK LIVES MATTER
The jury returned guilty verdicts of second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter
BBC: George Floyd: Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of murder
BBC: As it happened: George Floyd officer convicted of murder
NEW YORK TIME: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody
GUARDIAN: ‘Guilty, guilty, guilty’: world’s media react to Chauvin trial verdict
WIKI: Murder of George Floyd
GEORGE PERRY FLOYD JR. Born October 14, 1973 Killed Monday May 25th, 2020 Laid to Rest Tuesday 9th June 2020 Age 46
George Perry Floyd Jr. Born on October 14, 1973 was an African-American man who was murdered by police during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
George pleaded for his life before his horrific death many time calling out "I can't breathe..." "I can't breathe."
Protests took place across the world in response to George Floyd's death, and to police violence against black people, anguish of the manner George died quickly spread across the United States within hours via social media AND right across the world in no time.
George was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money to buy cigarettes. Derek Chauvin, a police officer knelt on George Floyd neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds while he was handcuffed face down in the road, while 2 other officer also participated an held him down by his leg while another simply watched on and did nothing to intervene other than to attempt to block the filming of the murder.
Derek Chauvin knelt a human’s neck for 9 minutes 29 seconds without even flinching until George Floyd life ebbed away and was extinguished.
Moving images with sound of the murder soon went and the whole world watched a video of a deliberate murder of a black man without any concern at all by the perpetrator, a white police officer.
The actions of the officers led to international outcry and many Black Lives Matter collectives grouped to protests with a union of allies that included all people from many nations, all colours.
Billions of people were mortified, traumatised witnessing a modern day lynching of a black man right before their eyes the difference with this murder of a black man at the hands of a white racist police officer could not be denied like so many had before and gone untried.
George didn’t choose to die, his life was taken.
A life human, a Black life that will change the world.
He didn't know he would be crying out for his life,
"They're going to kill me"
George Floyd brutal death has shown up highlighting what black people have been shouting out loud for hundreds of year. The injustice felt by every black person living in a diverse society will have felt and experienced.
What the white world witnessed in George Floyds murder by the knee of a police officer awoke and realisation and admission of widespread racism and the impact has reverberated around the globe.
George Floyd leaves a legacy of change. The kneeling on a black man’s neck until dead stands to represent the struggle of every black man gone before that’s been apprehended, harassed, assaulted and arrested without the glare of the lens that George Floyd had focused him that fateful day that told his story for the world witnessed. The evidence is undisputable, who candy. What was revealed was an act of inhumane violence.
Before the black man story of persecution of death in police custody was often denied, unheard, silently buried.
George Floyd life squeezed out by the knee of a police should now be held up and used as a nation’s immunisation to racism.
George Floyd life in history; His black body slaughtered will not be in vain. George Floyd mattered.
George Floyd didn’t wake up on a Monday morning and choose this will be his day to die, he wasn't to know when walking out of a shop he was destined to die in the most inhumane way just minutes later at the hands of a cop. And the whole world would watch minute for minute, second for second...
Monday 25th of May 2020, exactly 2 years to the day his Mama passed. His life was taken so cruelly that will have a lasting effect on the world forever and it can never be untold, we all bear witness to the murder of Geroge Floyd.
The worst and most harmful pandemic of all times is racism is so much bigger and widespread than any other virus. A disease and condition of the mind ingrained and left to vest for the outcome of domination and power of a black man, over the black race.
George left this world calling for his Mama.
"Mama I can't breathe"
"Mama I can't breather"
Mama, help me, please".
"I can't breathe" said 27 TIMES...
9 minutes 29 seconds later George Floyd was dead in police custody with Derek Chavin's knee STILL on a Black man's neck.
We all need to speak out for justice and peace.
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE
TIME TO END WHITE SILENCE.
Speak Out And Speak Out LOUD and then SPEAK OUT LOUDER AGAIN!!
"We are never safe"
Breonna Taylor’s family condemns Louisville police
Family expresses anger and disappointment after jury decided not to charge police officers directly for killing of 26-year-old medical worker in her own home.
Breonna Taylor’s family spoke out for the first time on 24th Sep 2020 since a grand jury in Kentucky announced that it had decided not to charge three police officers directly in the killing of the 26-year-old medical worker in March, shooting her 6 times in her hallway or her apartment.
Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, on Friday attended a press conference at a downtown Louisville park that has become a focus for protests and a makeshift memorial to Taylor, who was shot dead in her apartment after police barged in and fired a hail of bullets during a botched investigation.
Breonna Mother wept and was too upset to speak, Bianca Austin, Palmer’s sister and Breonna's aunt, read a statement written by
“Know this: I am an angry Black woman,” Palmer’s statement read. “Angry because our Black women keep dying at the hands of police officers … you robbed the world of a queen.”
A grand jury, a citizen body appointed by the authorities in the US to decide in some investigations whether criminal charges should be brought, in Louisville determined that the three officers who fired their weapons in Taylor’s home should not be charged directly for Taylor’s death.
One of the officers, Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for blindly shooting from outside Taylor’s apartment, with bullets penetrating the homes of Taylor’s neighbours.
All three officers opened fire after Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, thought intruders were breaking into the apartment and reached for his gun, firing one shot and injuring one of the officers.
Hankison was fired by the LMPD on June 23, 2020. On September 15, the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor's family $12 million and reform police practices. On September 23, a state grand jury indicted Hankison not for Breonna Taylor's death, but on three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering a neighbour with his shots. The two other officers involved in the raid were not indicted.
Taylor's death and the non-indictment of the police officers for it led to protests across the United States.
The biggest contributor in sustaining and perpetuating the cycle of racism from generation to generation is WHITE SILENCE.
The majority of white people who choose not to speak leave it in the hands of the overt racist and political right wing parties to speak
Britain is not untarnished.
White people who declare "I'm not racist" because they do not overtly in words talk with racist words, your non actions will always speak louder - silent racism is insidious persistent and often undercover.
White people’s silence is complicit in its racism that keeps black and brown people down and ensures white people dominate.
What happened to George Floyd is a reminder of what's has occurred time after time right here in Britain BUT white citizens simply wasn't ready to hear
Denial helps people sleep well.
We believe in a world where everyone belongs and we reject racism that stands in the way.
MAKE THAT STAND WITH US
ZERO TOLERANCE TO RACISM
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