By Oghale Ijeoma
It is with melancholy that the state of Minneapolis and indeed all of decent humanity mourns, as another one bites the dust.
Video footage released shows the murder of George Floyd, a 46 year old African American who was killed by inhumane, racist police officers in the state of Minneapolis on Monday 25th of May, 2020.
Celebrities and public figures in the United States of America have taken to social media to demand justice, protesting against the unjust murder of blacks in the country.
Popular rapper, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar—better known as Cardi B—exasperatedly commented:
“Not three ,not five but almost 15 minutes of a cop knees on a mans neck while handcuffed😒😒😒It’s so sickening. Things have to change !!”
She reiterated her frustration over these repeated racist attacks on her Instagram page, saying:
“Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free !”
The video reveals an officer pressing his knee over the deceased’s neck, with other officers standing by while the victim pleaded for his life, screaming “I can’t breathe” repeatedly for several minutes before becoming motionless.
Onlookers pleaded that the officer release his hold on the victim, as he gasped for air. The plea was in vain. George Floyd died at a hospital a while later, as reported by the police.
According to the police, what led to the scuffle was George Floyd physically resisting arrest and refusing to alight from his vehicle after he was stopped. His murders claimed he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
But a video obtained by CBS News shows a virtual story of what transpired between George Floyd and the police officers. The video, which is from a security camera of a restaurant beside where the tragic incident occurred, shows the police taking him in their custody. The footage shows that the victim was not resisting arrest, and the restaurant owner attested to that fact.
“I saw him in the video. He wasn’t resisting at all,” restaurant owner said.
Popular pop musician, Justin Bieber, posted the released video on Instagram, with the caption;
“THIS MUST STOP. This makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people. I’m sorry GEORGE FLOYD”
Several protesters were seen on Tuesday 26th of May near the site of the incidence, with some wearing masks and with signs that read “I can’t breathe”.
The murderer alongside three other accomplices have been relieved from their duties as police officers.
Award winning actress Viola Davis vented on her Instagram page in response to the killing, saying:
“This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings.”
“Here’s the thing……America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! ……. RIP George Floyd” she added.
Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey has applauded the decisionto fire the officers involved, commenting that it is “the right decision for our city”.