"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

The Charge of Murder Is Needed in the Floyd Case

George Floyd
Three caveats before a statement on George Floyd's death:

1. I am pro-law enforcement.


2. I believe that due process is a constitutional right.


3. Riots help nobody's cause.


Statement: The police officer who killed George Floyd ought to be charged with murder.


Whether the police officer is convicted or not is a different issue. I'm only speaking of a prosecutor's responsibility.

For the sake of all humanity, American civility, and our just society, the CHARGE of murder is necessary, not manslaughter, because the officer knew George personally.
Prayers for all involved



8 comments:

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

You wrote this on May 27, but I didn’t see it until today. How did I miss it?

I heard George Floyd bought a package of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill, and the store employee called police.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/us/george-floyd-officers-charges/index.html

This link shows the pictures of the other policemen being arrested.

I feel sorry for one because he looks like my oldest grandson who flies in a helicopter as a paramedic to car crashes. He and his wife are coming today for a visit. Haven’t seen them since they were married a few months ago.

Wade Burleson said...

Rex,

I have a Facebook account where this was originally written. You probably saw it there when it was written, but not here.

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

I wonder if the money that George Floyd’s used was proven to be counterfeit.

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

If the clerk has learned Floyd’s money wasn’t counterfeit, I’m sure he’s regretted calling the police.

I’ve wondered why the person that took the video didn’t try to stop the killing. I can understand if it was someone that didn’t want to get ‘involved’, but if it was someone in the ‘Back-Lives-Matter’ then that’s a different story.

I mean that person may have been hoping Floyd would die so they could howl to the moon.

Wonder who’s been placing bricks along the path of the protesters?

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

https://www.tmz.com/2020/06/02/george-floyd-video-teen-witness-getting-therapy-helping-investigation/

“17-year-old Darnella Frazier took the video of George Floyd being killed. She is Black and lived around the corner where Floyd was killed. Her family has relocated to a undisclosed spot to get away from the constant attention and strangers coming to their door.”

“She with her mother and Attorney Cobin, met with the FBI Civil Rights Division to give her statement.”

“A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Darnella get some peace and healing; its raised $50,000 in two days.”

Lifelongfling said...

Rex Ray,
"If the clerk has learned Floyd’s money wasn’t counterfeit, I’m sure he’s regretted calling the police."

In an interview the owner of the store said they will not be calling the police anymore for non-violent offenses committed there.

"I’ve wondered why the person that took the video didn’t try to stop the killing. I can understand if it was someone that didn’t want to get ‘involved’, but if it was someone in the ‘Back-Lives-Matter’ then that’s a different story."

I would suggest that you do not try to physically approach police officers when they are conducting an investigation or making an arrest. Walking up on police in this situation is considered a threat and you will find yourself in a world of trouble. As the video shows, many people pleaded with the police officer to remove his knee from Mr. Floyd neck. I don't understand your comment "but if it was someone in the BLM..."

"I mean that person may have been hoping Floyd would die so they could howl to the moon."

This is utterly unkind and lacks all empathy. You sound very removed from the entire situation. We white people have that luxury.

"Wonder who’s been placing bricks along the path of the protesters?"

Let's keep the main thing, the main thing. We white people have a tendency to try and balance the scales by all the peripheral issues. A black man, once again, was murdered on the street by a police officer. Right now, we should be emulating Job's friends before they decided to open their big mouths. Sit with them. Listen to them. Grieve with them. Then take a good look at ourselves and see how we contribute to the problem. Thanks for letting me respond.

Wade, thanks for posting this. Like Rex, this post was not visible to me until now.

Rex Ray said...

Lifelongfling,

You said, “Sit with them. Listen to them. Grieve with them. Then take a good look at ourselves and see how we contribute to the problem.”

You remind me of Rudyard Kipling’s Poem:

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,”

We live in the country. The nearest town is 3 miles with a population of 754. Eight Blacks live there.

I thought the 17-year-old girl wasn’t one of the Black Lives Matter group, but my wife, Judy, said that group enlisted young people far more than adults.

What do you think?

Anonymous said...

I didn't see this post until now.

This entire situation wreaks of another staged/engineered event. The first time I saw the video I said to my wife - why was the cop with skinny arms (rare in the LEO's world) acting like he was posing for the camera, why were the EMT's outfitted with vests like LEOs, and why didn't they bring their EMT bags with them and take vital signs/perform CPR, why did they handle him like a side of beef, and why would they just load him in the ambulance like that - guys on drugs can wake up and have the strength of 5 men on the way to the hospital. None of this makes sense.

BTW - officer with knee on neck appears to be following police training/protocol found in manual for Minneapolis PD. It looked worse than it really was as most of the guys weight was on his other leg (by design in this incident, imo). Would surprise me if the officer would be charged with murder.

Ken

Ken