In less than three weeks, after the video of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was shot dead in Georgia by two American citizens went viral on the social media, another death has been recorded, an harmless black man, George Floyd, pinned to death by a white Minneapolis police officer, in the company of others.
The 46years old father of one was videod begging for his life under the knee of the white officer, who appeared to be enjoying his lordship over his victim.
In his discomfort, he strived to beg to no avail, then, Floyd was observed speechless, motionless and lifeless, but that didn’t make the heartless white police officer access his status or ease the pressure of the pin.
This is the worst death any man can suffer. The most painful thing is that the victim countlessly made it known that he could not breathe, he begged for water, he called for help, “somebody should help me”, he said. And when all hope seemed lost, he called on “Mama, mama…” who kills an adult looking up to mama for rescue in such situation? Which parent will watch that video and hear a call for mama’s help and won’t burst into tears? This is murder, a daylight murder.
The police are expected to be a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce law and not to take lives, but that wasn’t the case as it was seen on social media involving the Minneapolis police officers and Floyd. While the man in the centre of the tragedy was committing the murder, another was standing in a position the police themselves will describe as aiding and abetting the act, if the case had been in reverse. None of these officers cared about Floyd’s cry to live; they were more concerned about non interference, lo and behold, they succeeded.
What’s the need to pin down the neck of a helpless man whose hand was in cuff backward and already lying on the floor? Is there any tactical or security justification to that? This can only happen in war, when you’re bound to kill your enemy. The world however awaits the American government to tell us if a war has been declared against the blacks, is it a “silent war?” They need to tell us what we don’t know.
NBC News in its report described Derek Chauvin, the killer cop, as the subject of a dozen police misconduct complaints that resulted in no “disciplinary action”, this speaks so loud of the American government and the police system.
Though, the officer has been fired, with other accomplices, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, however, findings revealed they can still contest their dismissal, but I hope investigations will be different from past records where the officers were adjudged “acted appropriately and courageously”. This kind of grace Chauvin has enjoyed for 19years, for God knows why or was he trained to kill? So many questions begging for answers.
To have survived 19years with this same feature on duty, not in Africa. If those in authority fail to do justice, the natural forces would have been invoked by concerned citizens. Anyway, the United States can just tell us in advance, the number of blacks that are expected to die on yearly basis for the almighty whites to live. With this, I think the blacks themselves would readily prepare a list of who would go next and will be prepared ahead. Else, if this persists, I think the American government will continue to lose it, and it won’t be seen anymore as the United States of America but the United States of Whites, invariably, “War against the blacks”.