Last Monday, the nation recoiled in horror when George Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck and kept it there for almost nine minutes. Video of the arrest showing Floyd repeatedly crying out that he was fighting to breathe while bystanders screamed for Chauvin to get off him went severely viral.
Within 24 hours, Chauvin and the three other cops on the scene were fired. On Friday, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder–i. e., depraved-heart murder–and manslaughter. Pressure has been mounting for the other three officers to be charged as well; indeed, on Monday, Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo publicly declared that the three other officers were “complicit” in Floyd’s death by not coming to his aid when it was apparent he was fighting for his life.
Floyd’s death has been almost universally condemned, with even hard-core conservatives denouncing it as murder. One of the few exceptions has been black conservative pastor Jesse Lee Peterson. He claimed that Floyd deserved what he got. Why? Wait for it–Floyd was fighting with Chauvin and the other cops.
Peterson was sharing video obtained by Twin Cities Fox affiliate KMSP-TV that showed the moment Floyd was pulled out of his SUV. If you believe Peterson, Floyd would still be alive today if he hadn’t tried to fight with the cops.
Even if you accept that argument, though, Chauvin’s actions were completely inexcusable. Remember, Chauvin stayed on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, including nearly three minutes after Floyd became unresponsive. Forget asking how a cop would not know that this is way beyond reasonable force. What human being would not know that you don’t do this to another human being?
It’s hard to believe that Peterson still has this tweet up after police chiefs around the country loudly condemned Chauvin’s behavior. David Roddy, the police chief in Chattanooga, Tennessee; had a blunt message for cops around the country–if you’re okay with this, you have no business being an officer.
Chicago police superintendent David Brown was even more blunt, declaring that Floyd died as the result of “the unacceptable actions of a police officer.”
But perhaps the loudest voice of condemnation came from Detroit police chief James Craig. While on MSNBC on Thursday, Craig demanded that Chauvin be arrested. Watch here.
Craig, a 44-year police veteran, told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that Floyd’s death was the result of a “cowardly act” by Chauvin. But just seconds later, he went even further.
Probable cause clearly existed that that officer, that cowardly officer, committed murder. Arrest him. Arrest him now, because that’s what needs to happen.
And yet, Peterson still thinks that Floyd died because he was fighting with the cops? No one wants to live in a country where what Chauvin did is an acceptable response to a person who is fighting with a cop. Period.
Peterson, like most hardcore conservatives, spent the weekend tweeting about the riots that ensued in the wake of Floyd’s death. But if he believes Floyd died because he had no business fighting with the police, he might as well sound like a “Peanuts” adult.
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