George Floyd was apparently murdered by Police officer Derek Chavuin in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020.
Some good video is available of the events. Here are two of those videos, and my analysis of what they show. I find that they show either a callous disregard for the life of George Floyd, shared by at least two of the police officers and the EMT medics, or the deliberate murder of George Floyd.
The early part of these events can be seen in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiSm0Nuqomg This includes Officer Chauvin and partner arriving in a “Police” car, after Floyd had already been arrested and walked back across the street.
The final ten minutes of the apparent murder can be seen in this second video: https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=sSeWL_1590561430
The alleged murdering officer Derek Chauvin and his partner show up fairly late in the events, after Floyd had already been moved back across the street by the other officers. The blue uniforms of Chauvin and his partner, and the markings on their vehicle, are all marked “Minnesota Police” or “Police”
In total, I see three police units at the scene:
- a Police unit of two officers responding to a crime in progress call,
- a Park Police unit that helps the first unit move Floyd across the street, and
- the Police unit of Chauvin and his partner.
These police cars have license plates simply saying “POLICE”, which is apparently a common practice in Minnesota, as well documented at https://www.factcheck.org/2020/05/minneapolis-police-license-plate-doesnt-raise-a-false-flag/
Floyd stumbles and falls at least a couple of times while being moved about, apparently having trouble moving about and keeping his balance. The voice over on the first video above states that the officers called for an ambulance after moving Floyd across the street, as they observed he was having some medical problem.
At about the 7 minute mark in the second video above, after Chauvin has had his knee pressing on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, and, according to the comments of bystanders, Floyd has stopped moving. Then an ambulance arrives. An EMT medic from that ambulance approaches the body of George Floyd. The medic presses his finger on Floyd’s neck, apparently looking for a pulse.
That medic does this pulse check with slow deliberation, as if expecting that Floyd is already dead, not as if in any hurry to potentially save his life. Apparently verifying that Floyd has no pulse, as apparently expected, the medic goes back to the ambulance and works with the other medic(s) to get the stretcher out and toss the dead carcass of Floyd onto the stretcher. They lift Floyd, on a stretcher, into the ambulance and drive away.
These EMT medics never make any effort whatsoever to revive Floyd, or perform any other medical procedures beyond that initial check for a neck pulse. They don’t even ask Officer Chauvin to get his knee off Floyd’s neck until they have the stretcher along side, ready to receive the dead carcass of Floyd. They toss the carcass of Floyd on the stretcher like a heavy sack of potatoes.
It sure looks to me like the EMT medics, Officer Chauvin, and Chauvin’s partner, by the time the ambulance showed up, were expecting Floyd to be dead, and so finding, make no effort to, and have no intention to, revive him.
They are clearly acting with callous disregard for the life of George Floyd.
But I cannot tell, from the evidence I’ve seen so far, whether this manifests
- a long standing and shared callous disregard for the life of some people, or
- a deliberate conspiracy to murder George Floyd.
In either case, it’s clear that the main stream news and social media were eager to jump on this story, which is now helping to fuel protests, riots, and property destruction in such locations as Atlanta, the District of Columbia, New York, Hwy 101 in California, Detroit, Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth.
(Thanks to Jim Stone, at jimstone.is, and some colleagues with whom I discussed this in person or on Discord, for many of the above observations. More details and various reports can be found in the article https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/what-we-know-about-george-floyds-death-in-minneapolis-police-custody.)