Nationwide Rebellion Against Police Violence Demands Justice For George Floyd

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Above photo: Justice for George Floyd protest May 27, 2020 from Twitter.

Minneapolis – The horrific killing of George Floyd in broad daylight with people watching and videotaping the incident while yelling at the police to stop is being described as a public lynching. It showed contempt for the lives of Black people by the police involved. It is one event of many that show police violence is a major national problem that people have seen too often. This is a pattern and practice of US policing especially in black and brown communities. While four officers have been fired over the murder, none have yet been arrested despite the overwhelming evidence that they lied in their police report. They killed Floyd who did not resist the police and who cried out that he could not breathe.

People are protesting, calling for the arrest and incarceration of the officers involved. They chant “all four” because two other officers held Floyd down while a third stood silently by and kept people away from him.

But the prosecutor for Hennepin County, Mike Freeman, is saying he will not rush justice. He says he wants to build the case before there is an arrest. He points to the acquittals of the police charged in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and explains that is why he wants “to do this right.” He says he does not have enough evidence and needs to review it before making an arrest. In addition, he reports the four police under investigation are not cooperating and are remaining silent. However, an arrest can be made by police merely based on probable cause that a crime has been committed. After the arrest, the prosecutor can decide what to charge the officers with once the investigation is completed. The officers should be immediately arrested and put in jail.


People are protesting the killing in Minneapolis and St Paul as well as across the country. Police used rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to try and control the crowds, but that made people more outraged, especially since white people with guns were treated differently during the recent reopen demonstrations. People living in communities of color have lost faith in the police and the ability of the government to protect them from police violence. This is much deeper than the murder of George Floyd.

The rebellion in response to the police murder is growing. More than a dozen cities are already planning more protests.

May 30 will be a National Day of Action “to stop the racist murder and violence” in Black communities. This action was called for by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression before the murder of George Floyd. It was called in response to the recent the murders of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. And, it also calls for the release of prisoners during the Covid crisis as incarceration should not be a death sentence. For a list of cities and to join this day of action go to this page.

While there have been some prosecutions of police in the past, there have been few convictions. Police body cameras are now common, but sometimes they are turned off and otherwise have not stopped bad police behavior. We need to change the relationship between communities and the police. This requires the democratic community control of the police, where the people elect a board that has the power to investigate police, fire police, ensure proper training and have control over the police in their neighborhoods.

People who are Black and Brown live in a different country than people who are white. This has been a long time problem, not limited to recent years and not just going back decades, but to the founding of the country with the brutal African slave trade. The US has never come to grips with its deep racism and structural violence or made amends for it through reparations and a truth and reconciliation process. We must awaken people and change the systemic racism, a reality that many white people deny but Black people confront on a daily basis.

The main killer, Derek Chauvin, has been a bad cop for a long time. It is amazing he is still on the police force. He had 18 prior complaints against him, only two of which resulted in disciplinary action. Protesters held a sign summarizing his record, which claimed he had been involved in a dozen events of police brutality and involved in previous shootings and deaths of civilians.

If there was black community control of the police in Minneapolis, police that are violent and racist would be removed from those communities and even fired. Rather than waiting to prosecute police who abuse their power after they kill someone, their careers would be ended democratically.

People protested at the police station and at the house of the police officer who killed Floyd. On Wednesday night, police cars were vandalized. At Chauvin’s house, scores of police surrounded the house, not to arrest the murderer but to keep people away. Red paint was splashed on the driveway and “A murderer lives here” was chalked on the street.

When police called for a bus to make mass arrests, they were refused. Today, the local transit union made this statement:

There is a mass reaction to the murder of Floyd. Police violence has been a longterm problem in Minnesota and much of the United States with approximately 1,000 people killed annually by police, mostly Black and Brown people. In many cities neglected communities live in struggle with a lack of jobs, inadequate education, housing, healthcare, transit, and other essentials. The police are seen as an occupying force and when police violence or police murder occurs, it results in a response that cannot be controlled. This is not new but has been true for decades.

Instead of discussing these long term problems, the media has focused on fires, broken windows and looting. It is not clear yet who is responsible for the damage. Some suspect it is being done by undercover police or right-wing infiltrators.

People are suspicious of this white man who was filmed wearing a mask and dressed in black breaking store windows. Some people believe they have identified him as police officer Jacob Pederson.

 

Former senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel has called on Senator Amy Klobuchar to resign. She failed to prosecute Derek Chauvin, the primary killer of George Floyd, when he killed a civilian while she was the District Attorney. He also urges people to make donations to help pay the bail of people arrested protesting the murder.

Former Vice President Joe Biden would be wise to announce that Klobuchar is no longer being considered for vice president and urge her to resign from the senate. The Democratic Party needs to hold her accountable for allowing a racist and violent police officer to remain on the streets. If she had done her job, this death may not have happened.

A memorial fund on GoFundMe has raised over $1 million for the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, which was created by his family.

  • pajarito

    We live in a culture of warriors developed by the military since Vietnam to smash the anti-war movement. State and local police have been systematically militarized including a warrior culture that promotes racism, sexism and violence. Community policing boards can put a stop to this militarization of police. Citizen soldiers and police are the answer to militarized law enforcement – we are human beings first, then we are police/soldiers.

  • Richard

    I understand the outrage, I really do, but how does looting and burning down businesses not even associated with the crime or the people responsible promote justice in any shape or form?

  • kevinzeese

    If you understood the outrage you would understand the looting. It is act of anger and emotion, not rational thought. It is anger at people who have been ignored and mistreated for generations. It is the anger of many George Floyd-like killing by the police. It is the anger of lynching, Jim Crow, inequality. These are cries to be heard. I hope we listen rather than criticize the anger and understand why it exists.

  • GrassrootsEpidemic

    Asking that particular question, I think, shows that you don’t understand the outrage. You really don’t.

  • didactic1

    This confirms that Biden will appoint Klobuchar as VP. A racist after Joe’s old persecutor heart.

  • il corvo

    Biden denouncing Klobuchar?? Didn’t Biden help pass a bill, back in the day, of spending billions on building more prisons and militarizing and hiring more police?

  • tee

    its a setup by the crooked cops….they are trying to cover their murdering ways by trying to discredit the protesters…people are figuring it out …the videos from smart phones are documenting this tactic…..kill a black man and then use the protest to destroy their neighborhood while putting the protesters in a false narrative…it’s time to attack back…..the cops are the criminals…..

  • 0040

    Forcing people to wear useless masks and social distance , enforced by local hoopleheads whom have now turned on each other has created a tipping point, which has led to a drastic increase in violence in communities and was totally predictable. However blaming it on resurgent racism is just nonsense.

  • tee

    you are a perfect example of who we need to silence…your ignorance leads to discourse…you are sick….

  • tee

    k……simpleton

  • 0040

    An average of 1200 unarmed men and boys of color were killed by “policemen” in America during the Obomber/Holder years according to Cornell West. During the Trump era that number has dropped precipitously?

  • kevinzeese

    Yes, police violence is a long term problem that existed before Trump — long before Trump. It has caused riots over the decades and its roots are in the founding sin of slavery and slave patrols to capture people attempting to escape for freedom.

  • kevinzeese

    But Trump has not helped. He stopped a lot of DOJ investigations into police violence and DOJ stopped enforcing agreements with cities. And, he has consistently dog whistled racist violence as he did in Charlottesville and even in Minnesota. Trump makes a bad problem worse — but it is a bipartisan problem of the duopoly failed state.

  • kevinzeese

    Everyday you have to post an idiotic comment on this website. It is draiinng to have to respond and alert people — Do not pay attention to 0040. He always makes comments like these.

    I am worried in that three weeks we are gong to see a lof of Covid illness among the protesters in Minnesota which will lead to a spike in hospitalizations and deaths, especially in the black community.

  • kevinzeese

    LOL. Yes she is perfect for the author of mandatory minimum sentencing laws that led to racist mass incarceration. Two peas in a pod.

  • Tony

    Now just watch. IF, (a big IF), there are arrests made and a trial, it will be moved to a majority white area. Jury of your peers my ASS…..

  • Alan MacDonald

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  • “does not have enough evidence” to charge the cops? What more evidence is needed than the numerous videos of the murder?

  • didactic1

    You may be unaware of Sen Biden’s poor record of treating urban youth with dignity, his appalling subversion of Anita Hill and his key role to apply a bi partisan face to military disasters on behalf of big oil and big international bankers. Then there his gutting of bankruptcy protection for workers of modest means, including many African Americans.

  • Nylene13

    Yes, and it is worse when there are numerous posts like these filling the comment sites. It is bad enough that conservatives control all the major newspapers….

  • didactic1

    “need to silence”?

  • didactic1

    The mass looting and violence after assassination of an apostle of nonviolence, MLK, remain quite relevant. There are excellent accounts of 1968. I suggest many need to review that violent year which foreshadows where we are tumbling. 🙄

  • tee

    you are correct about Biden….he can’t hold a candle to donnie…the majority will overwhelm cult 45 in November and that will silence the ignorant minority , thus they will crawl back under their rocks and soak in their bigotry and shame…..in “silence”

  • didactic1

    Minneapolis St Paul has a very diverse population. Do you know what specific court has jurisdiction here? There also may be federal prosecution and civil suits. Jurisdiction can vary. Your comment for now is premature.

  • didactic1

    Charging, yes it seems there is probable cause. Enough for conviction? Maybe. Cops will testify as to what threat they believed was present. Usually cops beat these indictments, which is why prosecutors reluctant to charge. The publicity here may make that route impossible. The mayor, who recently moved to Minnesota however is finished.

  • didactic1

    How is media responsible for these issues? No evidence. Nice to have evidence.

  • didactic1

    Yes, but he will deny that. He denies all the many awful things he has done. There are so many. Re electing Trump will be another.

  • Richard Burrill

    The four killer cops are remaining silent while the two videos of the the murder of Mr. Floyd are screaming for justice. A video is worth a thousand words, at least, and these two give voice at least a million words.

  • didactic1

    Biden and Trump are excellent reasons for #devolution.

    The “United” States need to go. Or Go Your Own Way.

  • didactic1

    Hear of 5 Amendment?

  • didactic1

    The racism is not resurgent.

  • tee

    “The “United” States need to go.” thanks for your input…you remind educated,patriotic,empathetic citizens what we are dealing with….you help us maintain our vigilance….thanks again…

  • tee

    arrest can still take place….DUH

  • didactic1

    Of course. But defendants cant be compelled to testify against themselves.

  • tee

    no one is testifying at present…..DUH…..the video will “testify”

  • didactic1

    A massive continental centralized security state —. USA.

    It grew in a temperate climate.

    Climate not temperate.

  • didactic1

    Hitler comparisons always blow up.

  • didactic1

    The comment was made that the cops are silent. Similar videos have resulted in not guilty. I think the police here however will cut a deal.

  • didactic1

    I did not say arrests cant be made.

    Read.

  • tee

    cops are complicit in covering up by framing their murders in each others reports to put the blame on their victims…..they’re not silent…their bogus reports, just as in this case, and over the years ,scream for justice….

  • tee

    no, I said arrest can still take place…..DUH….the 5th amendment doesn’t prevent an arrest…..follow along or I will get bored with carrying you along…..

  • 0040

    Probably not but attempts to make it so are , as covid runs out of gas..

  • 0040

    Those people and their descendants are called Americans ? The last uppity blackman was legally lynched in the south during the 1960s.

  • chetdude

    You going to send dissenting voices to the Gulag?

  • chetdude

    You should probably keep quiet for a while until you figure out what’s really going on and who’s who in these lists.

    I’m afraid your posts so far have been filled with rather useless and counter-productive insults that haven’t contributed anything to the discussion.

  • chetdude

    As your racist posts elsewhere as well as the actual SUBJECT of this article have proven, “Racism in America(sic)” has definitely NOT abated one bit.

  • 0040

    On the other hand trying to claim native Hawaiians were natural born socialists is utter nonsense and only defensible by attacking the messenger and other Trumpian ploys to make your point . Try holding your breath

  • tee

    psycho babble…….

  • tee

    methinks you protest…my posting is more than relevant…your’s…not so much…sooooo fvck off

  • Richard

    How you justify hurting, stealing from and burning down the property of innocent people for the actions of others is beyond me. Try directing your anger towards the people responsible for all our woes, your government, right down to your local city counsel members, not your innocent neighbor who has plenty of problems of their own.

    As long as people fight among themselves blaming each other for their problems instead of the source things are going to get worse, a hell of a lot worse. You can carve that in a rock because it will stand the test of time, has for centuries. They don’t call it “divide and conquer” for nothing and this country is divided beyond belief over everything. Wise up people it’s not rocket science.

  • Richard

    And you don’t seem to understand right from wrong. You really don’t.

  • GrassrootsEpidemic

    Murder, looting, and riots, may all be considered wrong. But Murder would be by far the worst evil of the lot.

    Cops keep murdering citizens and that cannot keep happening without some eventual retaliation. IF there is no legal recourse for that retaliation then people will take to the streets.

    How does this all stop? Easy, the cops need to stop murdering people. Cops need to stop being above the law, held accountable, be charged with murder and punished accordingly.

    That you question the ‘logic’ of the people taking to the streets while ignoring the clear murderous logic of the police -imo- says a lot about you.

    I’ve never conversed with you and for all I now you may be a decent human being but in this instance you are wrong. Things ain’t always what they seem, Dick.

  • kevinzeese

    I thought the comments of this protester made some very important points responding to your comment: ‘ don’t talk to us about looting, you are the looters. You have been looting from black people. You looted from the Native Americans. Don’t talk to us about violence, you taught us violence.’

    She is speaking some hard truths that need to be heard. Anger is boiling over across the country. And, the only response from the failed state is more violence.

    https://twitter.com/AintreeIron/status/1266518923761070081

  • dreamjoehill

    You are more outraged about the destruction of property than about the murders committed by police.

    Your petty bourgeoisie moralizing has no place in this debate.

  • dreamjoehill

    “Try directing your anger towards the people responsible for all our woes, your government, right down to your local city counsel members, not your innocent neighbor who has plenty of problems of their own.”

    So then you support the burning down of the police station in Minneapolis?

  • dreamjoehill

    Yup, it’s clear you’re more upset about the looting and the militant protest than you are about cops murdering the poor & working class.

  • dreamjoehill

    How about the burning down the police station? That’s retaliation against the institution responsible for the senseless murder, right?

  • didactic1

    I don’t care about any of it actually. Americans are flabby.

  • dreamjoehill

    So STFU then.

  • dreamjoehill

    “your ignorance leads to discourse”

    Dumbazz alert!

  • didactic1

    You and Trump don’t control social media.

  • chetdude

    By posting more of your content-free, insult-laden clueless nonsense…you’ve more than proved my point, you silly little person…

    If you’d spent some time here you would already know that I’m not a trumpster or democrat but the opposite…

  • tee

    I know this…FVCK YOU…..

  • dreamjoehill

    Well that’s for sure, Captain Obvious.

    I still think you should STFU.

  • didactic1

    You can’t control. Kills ya? Pump up BP.

  • dreamjoehill

    LOL.

    You gettin out of control?

    Go join the rebellion.

  • Richard

    Personally, I don’t like violence and in normal circumstances I would say no I don’t support it, but these are not normal circumstances. People are getting killed on a regular basis for no good reason and it has to stop one way or the other. Government, state, and local city government are dragging their feet and do little to put a stop to this insanity because at the end of the day they all go home to their privileged lives and “all is well in the world” as far as they are concerned.

    So to answer your question yes I do support it because it was directed toward the people responsible and not innocent civilians who were in no way tied to the crimes to humanity regularly conducted by police. That was my whole point in all this, don’t hurt innocent people for something someone else did because that makes you no better than the people hurting you. Sadly, I am afraid as a last resort the American people are going to have to use the same approach with our “out of control” government who abuse their power while the citizens suffer.

    They kill millions of people around the world because of their “greed lust” with their war machine and if the American people don’t put a stop to it soon some other country or countries will and then millions of Americans will pay the price with their lives for their governments crimes. We live in very difficult times today and difficult choices have to be made and soon. Maybe just maybe this will be the straw that broke the camels back and finally wake the American people up from their stupor and make them realize what is really important for the country and themselves.

  • Richard

    Sounds to me like she is talking about our government and our ruling forefathers, not every citizen who had nothing to do with any of it nor condoned it. Haven’t you noticed yet, our government and the elite do as they damn well please and have since it was founded. I don’t think at this point anything less than a revolution is going to change it either. I could be wrong and the next election could change everything for the better over night, but I quit believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Elections are just a way to make people believe they have a say in the matter, when in reality they actually don’t.

  • Richard

    I can agree with most of what you say, except the last two. I look at it this way, if a bully beats the living crap out of you for no reason is it in turn “right” for you to go find someone weaker than you and then beat the crap out of them? I was taught to take the fight to the bully, win, lose or draw at least he knew I was there and gave him what for. Until we stand up for what is right to the people causing our pain we are fighting a lost cause because they sure as hell don’t care one bit what you do to your neighbor as long as you do not do it to them. Actually that is what they want, for people to take their anger out on other citizens instead of them. Divide and conquer works better than whips and chains ever did and this country is living proof.

  • dreamjoehill

    Thanks for your coherent and compassionate comment.

  • dreamjoehill

    the “Deadly Exchange,” a collaboration between the two racist states who see no problem in executing and watching the slow agonizing death of black and brown people.

    Deadly Exchange is the name of a campaign to stop the collaboration between police departments across the United States and the state of Israel. The campaign put out an extensive report that outlines the cooperation between law enforcement in the U.S. and Israel. The report also lists the dangers and threats that this exchange poses to people of color in the United States.

  • GrassrootsEpidemic

    I don’t see what your way of looking at it has to do with the actual situation. The “bully” is the police. Not a bad apple cop – The Police. And while they do “beat the crap” out of citizens all the time, we are talking about the police routinely murdering them/us.

    Take the fight to the bully?

    The police? Wth are you talking about?

  • tee

    dream big skippy…..

  • tee

    the only thing you are opposite from is informed…

  • didactic1

    People of color? You determine that, fascist simpleton? Dumb as a
    Rock.

  • didactic1

    Your anger erupts in your first phrase of any statement. I thoroughly agree with you that you are a washed up useless mess.

  • dreamjoehill

    So, in addition to the many other character flaws that you exhibit, lack of a sense of humor can be added.

    What an arrogant putz. Good For You.

  • dreamjoehill

    So you’re a Zionist then? That corresponds well with the rest of your hateful qualities.

    Your assertion that the phrase “people of color ” is fascist is what’s dumb as rocks, dirtbag.

  • dreamjoehill

    More babble. Wipe that drool from your chin, Einstein.

  • tee

    keep dreaming…it’s all you have….your ignorant azz is showing….that first lysol injection didn’t seem to take…better try again…and remember to strain it through your maga hat…SAFETY FIRST!

  • didactic1

    You are a raging racist. And a hypocrite. You desecrate Joe Hill’s memory. Joseph Goebbels is your Joe. Brownshirt freak.

  • didactic1

    It is good for me.

  • dreamjoehill

    Aww, are you upset? It’s definitely effected your brain.

    MAGA? I don’t think so, idiot.

  • dreamjoehill

    No, the Zionists, like you, are racists.

    Cyber scream all you want. You can’t change that fact, killer.

  • tee

    Aww, are you upset? It’s definitely effected your brain….my oh my….idiot

  • dreamjoehill

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

    That said, you’re obviously too stupid to have coherent thoughts of your own.

    And BTW, I think you meant “discord”, not “discourse.” Maybe you should edit that comment before calling anyone else stupid, stupid.

  • tee

    “Imitation is the highest form of flattery”….how cliche skippy….you can suck on “discord”

  • dreamjoehill

    Poor ignorant bigot. It must be painful to be unable to express yourself coherently in words.

  • tee

    your discord is unbecoming…

  • tee

    ” It must be painful to be unable to express yourself coherently in words.” I’ve never been in “words”, so I don’t know how I would react…..The correct way to express your garble would be….It must be painful to be unable to express your words coherently….I give you credit for trying….skippy

  • didactic1

    I don’t care what you call Zionists, as long as you denounce all nationalists, including Xi, Putin, Trudeau, Macron and Trump.

  • didactic1

    If I were a killer, you would be in bits.

  • dreamjoehill

    ROFL. Is that your idea of intelligent “discord?”

  • dreamjoehill

    Doubling down on dumb, aye?

  • dreamjoehill

    Aww, angry now. You gonna kill me with your keystrokes, stinking Zionist scum.

  • dreamjoehill

    I denounce all imperialists, so that would include those you mention.

    How about you? Do u]you denounce Netanyahu?

  • didactic1

    Of course. He defrauded Jews, he enables West Bank land theft. from Arabs.

    Trump with a brain.

  • didactic1

    Not just scum?

  • dreamjoehill

    All of these men are part of the trend towards resurgent right wing gov’ts internationally.

  • chetdude

    And there it is again — you should get some help with that tic you have…

    Didn’t something like that cause your post above to be removed…

  • chetdude

    Self delete…never mind…

  • chetdude

    Good grief – you can’t get ANYTHING correct…

  • chetdude

    I wonder if there were any folks who tried to shut down dialogue against Hitler in Wiemar Germany by saying, “Napoleon comparisons always blow up.”

  • didactic1

    I have done that. Napoleon was an inconsistent general.

  • dreamjoehill

    Zionism is a racist ideology that justifies settler colonialism.

    Israel is based on lies, land theft and mass murder.