Las Vegas Tribune
The death of any human being is always sad. The death of George Floyd is totally inexcusable, but we need to think of ourselves as coming into this world like medications do, with an expiration date.
Many people were at fault for his death — the clerk in the store for calling the police because the man was trying to pass a counterfeit bill; the police officer who reacted in order to control the man, and the rest of the officers who stood by without trying to save the man’s life. The store clerk could have just let him walk out with a $7.00-pack of cigarettes just to get rid of him.
Sometimes it is better to lose a few dollars than to get into a confrontation. The bottom line is that the day he died was his expiration date. The one who is likely suffering the most is his mother. Children can always go on with their lives, but his mother has to live with that pain until the day she passes on and joins her son on the other side.
The family of George Floyd should know his death was not in vain. The world has made him famous.
George Floyd was a native of Houston, Texas; he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota two years ago after losing his job and serving a jail sentence for armed robbery, in which he took a plea deal.
He was apprehended in Minneapolis after a Deli owner called 911 and accused him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill and telling the dispatcher that he was awfully drunk and had lost self-control.
George Floyd probably was not known in Houston or Minneapolis up to the day of his death; he was just another citizen of Minneapolis, but all of a sudden he became a figure of international fame.
The memory of this unknown man is being recognized all over the world — London, Berlin, Toronto, Paris, Australia, and of course in every city and state of the United States—because of what a police officer did to him that day.
In London thousands of protesters gathered outside the United States Embassy holding signs that read “Justice for George Floyd.” In Toronto, Canada thousands turned out in Toronto’s Christie Pits Park, before they marched to police headquarters.
In Paris, 15,000 protesters for George Floyd turned violent. China, Iran, and Russia also voiced support for the protesters and criticized the United States, notwithstanding that those very countries have been criticized for their own treatment of protesters.
Now it is well known that George Floyd is an international figure. Yes, the lives of police officers are important too, and they all deserve our highest respect. In 2019 alone, 38 law enforcement officers across the country were shot and killed in the line of duty, all senseless killings. Here are just a few: 1. December 10: Jersey City, NJ; Detective Joseph Seals was killed by gunfire. 2. December 7: Sgt. Chris Brewster was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. 3. December 6: Agent Billy Fred Clardy, III, from Huntsville, Alabama was shot and killed responding to a drug investigation. 4. November 23: Sheriff John Williams, an African-American from Lowndes County, Alabama was gunned down during a call to a nearby gas station. 5. November 20: Officer Rasheen McClain, an African-American, was shot and killed by a gunman accused of invading a home in Detroit, Michigan. 6. November 19: Investigator Cecil Ridley, an African-American, was on routine patrol when a suspect shot him outside a convenience store in Augusta, Georgia. 7. November 7: Detective Jorge Del Rio was shot in the face while serving a drug-related search warrant in Dayton, Ohio. 8. October 23: Deputy Sheriff Brian Ishmael was killed while responding to a report of marijuana theft. 9. September 27: Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Dhaliwal was killed when a suspect shot him in the back of the head during a traffic stop. 10. September 20: Police Captain Vincent Liberto, Jr. was killed when a routine traffic stop ended in a shootout. 11.September 16: Police Officer Dornell Cousette, an African-American with the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Police Department, was attempting to arrest a 20-year-old suspect on multiple felony warrants when the suspect shot and killed him. 12. July 18: Sergeant Michael Stephen with the Stone County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office. was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call. 13. July 7: Hall County, Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Nicolas Dixon was killed after trying to stop a stolen vehicle suspected to have been involved in several burglaries. 14. May 11: Police Officer Kelvin Ansari with the Savannah Georgia Police Department, an African-American, was killed when shots broke out after he and other officers were approaching a vehicle suspected as part of a robbery investigation. Officer Ansari also served for 21-years in the U.S. Army fighting for our freedom.15. January 13, 2019 Sergeant WyTasha Carter, an African American with the Birmingham Alabama Police Department was shot and killed outside a bar as he responded to a report about car break-ins. Yes, Black Lives Matter, but what about those Black Police Officers killed in the line of duty? Just because they wore a uniform, they were no longer black? Where was the Black Lives Matter organization when those Black American police officers were killed in the line of duty serving and protecting all of us without thinking of skin color? Where were all those black protesters destroying private property around the nation?
I am not defending what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis when police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck that he died. But unfortunately, that was his expiration date. He could have gone home with those cigarettes and on the way been hit by a car or been mugged and beaten to death.
The protesters have destroyed many small businesses and radical groups like Antifa believe that the protest, looting and rioting will make America a better place to live. Sad, very sad is to know that the younger son of Virginia Senator and former running mate of Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, is a member of Antifa and the senator publicly stated that those are his son’s ideals and need to be respected. Senator Tim Kaine’s son is nothing more than a domestic terrorist.