Moments before George Floyd’s life was brought to a brutal end. The 46-year-old Minnesotan uploaded a video for the younger generations involved in gun violence and crime. “Drop the weapons and come on home.” A video of George Floyd has gone viral in the days after his death, one of the latest police-involved killings of an unarmed black man in America that was recorded in real-time and shared around the world. His message focused on the rise in gun violence he had witnessed over the years: “You youngsters just going around busting guns in crowds, kids getting killed.”
Bob Kroll from the police department released an official statement on the crime record of George Floyd from the past. Though many search and reports debunk Bob Kroll’s claim on the same. Not a lot of information is available on the case yet. Read his statement below shared on twitter.
George Floyd moved to Minneapolis in 2014 after being released from prison in Houston, Texas following an arrest for aggravated robbery. Though as per the data available to the public. He was involved in a misdemeanor crime. For which he served his time already.
On May 25, George Floyd was arrested and killed for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis.
As per court records published by the DailyMail, before shifting to Minneapolis in 2014, George Floyd was released from prison in Texas. He worked as a bouncer at a local restaurant.
A lot of people have started sharing picture of lady with claims that he assaulted a pregnant lady, threatened to kill her and robbed her in her house. The picture comes with a message, “Aracely Henriques was the woman Kidnapped and brutally beaten by George Floyd and his five accomplices, as they searched her home for drugs and money. She was pregnant at the time, and he asked her if she wanted him to kill her baby.”
As per Sonpes report, the picture wasn’t of Aracely Henriques and as per reports Henriquez wasn’t even pregnant at the time of the robbery. Floyd was charged in 2007 for robbery, but he didn’t do any serious harm to her as shown in the fake picture. The police report on George Floyd states that he didn’t inflict any injury to the lady and it was done by another man who was present with George Floyd at the time of Robbery. The Photograph which went viral with information on crimes of George Floyd is of a different lady, Andrea Sicihnano, a victim of rape in 2018 and had no relation with George Floyd.
But the whole movement of #blacklivesmatter or #BLM is all about the cop who didn’t know the history of George Floyd and knelt on his neck for 8 minutes 40 seconds. It is about police brutality based on skin color. It is about several other black people who have faced such brutality and lost their lives. It’s never too late to join hands to speak against deep imbibed racism.
What matters most is all the criminal records on George Floyd didn’t happen on the day he died, which is the important point.
In 2007, George Floyd committed a criminal offence or offences, and may have committed offences before that.
Between 2007 and 2009, he did not commit criminal acts and was not charged, but awaited disposition of his case and sentencing.
And in 2009 he was sentenced to five years. Of which time, he served partly in custodial sentence. He was released from prison in 2014. He served his time for his deeds and did not commit any crime after that.
Hal Marx, a Mississippi Mayor made a controversial statement on Murder of George Floyd.”
Hal Marx Mississippi mayor faced serious backlash after posting various controversial comments on social media platforms about the brutal murder of George Floyd.
“If you can talk you can breathe. Think about that before you rush to judgment. #thinblueline,” Marx wrote on Facebook.
In a conversation with the Hattiesburg American newspaper, Marx claimed his statements were misinterpreted.
“I think that people are so quick to judge the police before they have all the facts. I can’t say whether a crime was committed or whether they did anything right or wrong, all I’m saying is don’t rush to judgment based on what you see in that video,” Marx said. “I’ve seen too many cases before where the police were judged to be guilty in the public’s eye but later were found to be not guilty under the law. For sending that, all of a sudden I’m called racist, I need to have a knee put on my neck — all kinds of hateful stuff simply for having an opinion and asking people to get all the facts before they judge.”
The protest is still going on demanding justice for George Floy. We can only hope that justice has been served. The four cops involved in the brutal murder of George Floyd were arrested but just is still awaited.
A note on the analysis made by the New York Times
The NYT uploaded a “play by play” analysis on YouTube, scrutinizing how George Floyd died. They shared important information in their analysis.
The NYT shows Floyd being cuffed behind his back, but then cut the footage of the struggle before he died.
The NYT talks about complaints against the officers. Although, the NYT does not mention that only one of these complaints was found to have merit against Chauvin when he asked a woman who was speeding 10 MPH over the limit to step out of her car. The NYT shares the average number of complaints against officers, which is approximately one every 3 years. The NYT skips the fact that Chauvin obtained two medals of valor, which was ironically reported by the NYT elsewhere
The NYT ignores that George Floyd was able to lift up his head and neck.