This is my first try starting a thread, except for short stories, but I think this one is important enough to give it a shot. Please move it if I have
put it in the wrong forum.
I have thought about the George Floyd death and everyone has it wrong.
I have looked at the videos. I am not providing links or embedding as we have all seen them and don’t need to see them again. Along with the
preliminary autopsy report
. I am also using personal knowledge of having had cardiac medical problems.
1 Mr. Floyd was talking to the police while still in his car. They removed him from his car to ether further question him or arrest him.
2 At that time, he was frightened and anxious by the encounter with the police but was cooperating. He began having a medical issue, by the autopsy
report and videos, and could not catch his breath.
3 The police officer interpreted his difficulty and struggle to breathe as resisting arrest.
4 The officer subdued Mr. Floyd as is policy for resisting.
5 The other three officers involved in the arrest came to the same conclusion as the one subduing him that his struggles were resisting the
6 The officer continued to subdue Mr. Floyd until paramedics arrived.
7 By the time paramedics arrived, Mr. Floyd bad not been allowed to position himself where he could breath easier, or be assisted in this, for too
long and the damage was done. There was nothing the paramedics could do at that point. He was not choked for over 8 minutes like they think he was.
This is evident by the fact he is heard saying he cannot breathe in the videos and he could move his head a little but not to where he could breathe
enough in his condition.
While racism might have been a factor, the main problem that lead to his death was bad police policies, training and possibly an aggressive police
I am not saying that George Floyd would have survived had at least one of the officers recognized that he was having medical difficulty and
intervened, but that would have given him a chance that day. The officers followed their training, that is what killed Mr. Floyd.
Anyone in a similar medical situation while dealing with that type of police training could have ended up dead no matter what race. The police are not
known for having much medical training and make many mistakes because of it.
Yes, the officers were wrong in this situation but they were trained to act that way. That is what needs to change.