A world united by disbelief, pain, and horror. United against police brutality upon African Americans, against racism, and at this moment enraged at horrible (Mr.) Chauvin and other “police officers” involved in an inconceivable injustice. George Floyd was a regular customer at Cup Foods, the grocery store. He was buying cigarettes when an employee thought he was given false money. Employe reported it to police, which led to Floyd’s death and the fault is completely on officers who killed him. After Floyd resisted getting in the police car, saying he was claustrophobic, the struggle erupted. In the end, Floyd was taken to the ground on his stomach, handcuffed. Police officer, Chauvin put his knee hard over Floyd’s neck blocking the airflow, both in the neck and the lungs as Floyd was pushed against the ground. Chauvin Held Floyd in that position for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. After 6 minutes Mr. Floyd was non-responsive, with bystanders screaming at the police officers that they’ve killed him and must check for the pulse! Before Floyd lost his conscience he was begging: “please, please, please. I can’t breathe,” calling for his mama with his last dying breath. When it was already too late, they’ve checked for the pulse and there was none. He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in an ambulance and was pronounced dead around an hour later. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His bail has been set at $500,000. The world and especially Floyd’s family was left furious with such mild sentence: “We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested,” the family stated. “We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer.” If convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Mr. Chauvin would be facing up to 25 years in prison on the first charge and up to 10 years on the second.
George’s brother Philonise Floyd had organized a fundraiser – the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund. People have already gathered more than $8 million, which will be used to cover funeral and burial expenses, grief counseling, and lodging and travel for all court proceedings.