By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It been a tough week nationwide since many of us viewed the murder of George Floyd with their own eyes. For some it set off memories of Rodney King who was beaten severely after a traffic stop here in Los Angeles. Eric Gardner was chocked to death before our very eyes by police. Ahmaud Arbery was executed while jogging in Georgia.
It’s been a lot that’s happen over the years and a lot recently with COVID-19 helping send the unemployment rate over thirty percent, also keeping people with a ‘stay at home order.’ There was so much pent-up inside all of us. With the George Floyd killing being shown during the same week as many cities reopening not only led to protest, but protest with amenities in Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis. Other cities nights were filled with looting, rock throwing, and the tagging of business’s and cars. It was lawlessness at its highest level.
Many minorities have died in terrible ways but to watch George Floyd have a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes seemed to be the cruelest.
An independent autopsy done by GeorgeFloyd’s family says it was a homicide and the 46 year-old died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure when his neck and back were compressed by police officers after being in custody. It was found that at least two knees put pressure on his back that effecting his lungs. It was determined the pressure cut off blood flow to his brain. “He was essentially dead on the scene,” said Floyd family attorney Ben Crump. “That ambulance was really a hearse.”
Many have raised their displeasure with what they saw on cell phone video. One dramatic moment took place in Minneapolis when CNN reporter Sarah Sidnar was at a protest attended by Police Chief Medaria Arradondo with George Floyds brother doing an interview with Don Lemon live on the air. They asked the Chief on behalf of the family, “The Floyd family wants to know if you think the other officers should be arrested in your mind?” Arradondo removed his hat then looked in to the eyes of Sidnar and answered, “Being silent and not intervening to me your complicit. I don’t see a level of anything different so those charges have to come for someone else. Mr. Floyd died in our hands so I see that as being complicit.”
It was an emotion moment for the Floyd family who appeared to have gotten the answer the were seeking. The issue has created input from many around the country.
“The thing that strikes me is that we all see this police violence and racism and we’ve seen it all before, but nothing changes,” said San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich. “That’s why these protests have been so explosive. But without the leadership and understanding of what the problem is, there will never be change. And white Americans have avoided reckoning with this problem forever, because it’s been our privilege to be able to avoid it. That all has to change.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has seen many injustice throughout his life especially during the sixties. He wrote an Op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, here is in part what he stated. “Even though we do all the conventional things to raise public and political awareness -write articulate and insightful pieces in the Atlantic, explain the continued devastation on CNN support candidates who promise change-the needle hardly budges.”
The protests were better as days went on. There has been minimal looting and crowds have gotten their point across.