MLK's daughter makes this observation:
"If you're unbothered or mildly bothered by the 1st knee, but outraged by the 2nd, then, in my father's words, you're 'more devoted to order than to justice.' And more passionate about an anthem that supposedly symbolizes freedom than you are about a Black man's freedom to live."
Watching a police officer, from this side of Atlantic, in full view of 10s of others, murder a human being, sends a sickening message to the rest of the world.
Some years back, UK assessed its reactions to hatred and hate crimes against blacks, Asians and other BME, it arrived at a conclusion that there was institutional racism. There have been tremendous progress, in race relations, since the murder of Stephen Lawrence, in hate crime in April 1993.
US, after Trump, needs soul searching, reevaluation of its moral conscience. Good people of the nation cannot sit idle and watch., less evil will continue.
I was a Peace Officer for the State of Colorado for 15 years. About 70% of my fellow were pieces of shit with very low integrity. They failed to even hold themselves to moral standards and were worse than the convicts simply because they were cops for the power and control. 30% were people I was proud to work with. In the end, I have very little respect for cops at all until they prove that they are worth respect. Badges tend to attract the type of person that should not EVER be wearing them. I am actually ashamed of my service as a Peace Officer not for anything I did but just being associated with them.
I'm devoted to an orderly justice system. I don't know who trained these yabos but it wasn't the same people who trained me. I would be on stop order from my department if I came close to putting a knee anywhere near anyone's neck.
First, of course, the tragedy of someone losing their life; then the fact that it was lost to reckless stupidity and apparently untrained police officers who don't know what any 6-month Academy graduate should know.
If you take someone to the ground to put them in restraints (number one, you need a good reason to do so, like being physically resisted), the only acceptable way to apply leverage is a knee on the shoulder or the back. Then you stand said individual up. You do NOT, repeat do not leave them pinned to the ground or floor. There are multiple officers in these pictures. They have police vehicles. You stand the person up and put him in the back seat. PERIOD. That's it. Even if you don't have a car, you stand them up and wait. You're the police. You're automatically in charge of the situation. You don't assert that with a knee in the neck, for fuck sake.
I saw this last night and was beyond words. I'm still into "tranquil fury" over it. They don't deserve their uniforms. The fact of this incident tells me they've been conducting themselves like this for a long time now and it just chose this week to go south on them. These guys give a black eye to actual law enforcement professionals everywhere, including me. I and my partners will be second-guessed and Monday-morning-quarterbacked even more than we are now, in the very rare event of having to use force. This is the last thing we need in a prison where 1/4 of the population is positive for COVID. We have enough problems, and now this news.
I was born and raised during the Apartheid Era here in Cape Town South Africa and I can say with definite certainty that this behavior by these cops would be met with extreme punishment and imprisonment , that shit will never happen here in my country, those cops would have been made an example of, that's for sure.
I have been sickened, an dumbfuzzeled that the public has gotten so fearful of the brand of police that would comitt such an act, and even the other cops that would stand by and allow such a cold blooded murder to happen. Somebody should have blown that mother off the man, or at least tried to knock him off. The second taking of the knee...I applaud.....their action and their cause.
In the UK the use of any neck-hold is prohibited except under exceptional circumstances and not to repress a suspect in that manor. Even using an officer to lay over a person can cause injury or even death.
Now, the taking of the knee to us Europeans demonstrates respect AND protest together. Intelligent people would ask why are they taking knee?
These men have social power, so what are they saying that they feel they must exercise that power to influence a maximum number of people.
This of course ties back to the socio-institutional racial divides, which are reinforcing themselves in American society.
A major influence to this act of violence by the police goes back to the founding of modern America and the ownership of land, property, people, goods and ideas. In other words America's love affair with capitalism to the extreme, which supports a far lower standard of freedom and social conditions when compared to similar countries for the majority. Link this to the incompetence of your Federal and State governments response to COVID19.
In the end there shouldn't be a Black Lives Matter movement, all lives matter, but the system keeps black and Hispanic people downtrodden. Indeed this insidious evil has made the oppressed self-oppressing, self destructive and insular.
I see no connection between the two pictures. I have yet to encounter anyone in any venue that has not expressed disgust and outrage over the George Floyd murder. If there is anyone out there that is unbothered or mildly bothered by this, that person is as depraved as the perpetrator.
Now the police and the DA are reviewing the evidence that there was a crime committed by the police!!!
I say fuck that policeman, he committed first degree murder!!!
He should be shot in public for willfully murdering a handcuff unarmed man by torturing him to death by suffocation!!!
The evidence clearly shows that policeman willfully suffocating this man!!!
If you or I had committed this crime of willful first degree murder we would be in jail without any excuse!!!
I call for those who are now being Harassed by the police while demonstrating have the right for the citizen arrest of any and all police who are causing harm and are using any form of deadly force or the threat of it be jailed for crimes against humanity!!!
I am outraged beyond words at the murder at the hands of the police. I am outraged that none of the other officers did their jobs. None of them appeared, from what I've seen, to make any attempt to intervene.
I applaud Colin Kaepernick for his non-violent protest and putting his job on the line. I am tired of people saying he should do it on his own time. Really? Nothing he did cost anyone anything, either in time or money.
I'm just sick about the murder of George Floyd at the hands of those who are suppose to protect and serve. Words fail me in expressing my anger, fear, and the shame I feel toward these police officers. I've always tried to respect authority, but this...no.
I respect Colin Kaepernick for trying to bring attention to police brutality and racial profiling. I did not respect how he went about it. Mainly because he used his job, while on the job, as the vehicle for protest. If I took a knee to protest, or for that matter staged any kind of protest while I was working, I'd be fired in a heart beat. I think most of us would. I just remember thinking that it would backfire and detract from the issue itself, and of course, it did.
I feel really bad about this situation where the African Americans being targeted by white cops in your country. Like I said this kind of behavior would be met with extreme punishment in my country, (South Africa) today. This rimnds me in so many ways of the Apartheid system where the policing system controlled by white cops also had the exact same kind of power where they would stop you at any time, anywhere, and could do with you what they want if you resisted. However saying this, ever since our peaceful transition by avoiding a civil war and officially ending Apartheid in 1994. We now have a system where you couldn't even make a racist or racial remark to someone without being arrested, that's the kind of zero tolerance we now have here in South Africa and this beign a direct result of many years of pain and suffering brought onto South Africans by white supremacist. However saying this our country is not perfect but we at least did away with this evil known as Apartheid.
I am outraged by the first photo. I am inspired by the second photo. It takes immense courage to stand up for what you believe in especially when you’re a well-known figure. It is a very respectful way to protest and it is not an affront to the flag or country. It’s saying, I respect this country but we can do better.