Many people reacted to this horror which was appeared in a video on social media and news media everywhere. Even white people were horrified on a much larger scale than the past. The massive protests everywhere are a response to not only George Floyd being murdered by police in Minneapolis Minnesota, but also to police murders of Black people in every state of the US. Police use of aggressive force is not rare. It is widespread, and has been happening a long, long time.
I felt a wide range of emotions as I watched the video, hoping that cop would stop and let George Floyd breathe. I was sad to the point of tears. I was angry, feeling a great sense of rage, and resentful, and I wanted that cop and all cops to pay for their crimes. As a Chicano I recognized the pattern of murder by police who feel that they face immunity and impunity whenever they murder. I grew up in San Francisco and there were many community protests against police brutality. The movement to Free Los Siete de la Raza was in coalition with the Black Panther Party as an effort to end police brutality and murder in the late 1960s and beyond.
There are those who would argue that, the police just follow policies and in doing so they did nothing wrong; or, it is just a few bad actors, that they are just people who are individually racist and behave badly. However, every video of police killings show that the murders are a result of policies that targets people who are Black, Brown, Native or other oppressed nationalities as they are assaulted or shot regularly and routinely.
Police are community terrorists who can beat, detain or kill people just because of their race and ethnicity, including things like disagreeing or arguing with cops. Police see their jobs as oppressing and intimidating people, especially if they are not white. Police departments own military style weapons and vehicles, presumably to fight terrorism, but it is known that they are armed to suppress people in oppressed nationality communities. They are over-funded for the capacity to intimidate communities, taking away from other badly needed services.
The pattern of police violence and brutality is rooted in their training, leading them to aggressive policing through violently escalating the situation and forcing confrontation instead of de-escalation and reducing tensions and responding to situations in a calm matter, or solving problems in ways that don't require brutality and murder. People who behave badly because they may suffer from mental illness, stress or anxiety should not be killed for their behavior. They need the proper support and treatment. Crimes against property should not result in being murdered.
Police departments should be defunded and police departments need to be reimagined. Training should enforce cops learning to de-escalate the situation with dealing with people. Peaceful solutions should be sought after. Police should no longer be trained to dealt with people aggressively. Background checks of cops should include their social media posts and past relations with people. People who have any evidence of racist behaviors, fear of non-white people, and over-aggressive behaviors shouldn't be cops. If they are cops and display these behaviors they should be fired.
Cops who kill should face criminal charges. No cop should be given paid leave. There should not be an automatic assumption that a suspect is guilty of a crime and cops should no longer serve as judge and executioner.
People are in the streets are demanding Justice for George Floyd and an end to the treatment of Black, Brown, Native and other oppressed nationalities. There is a recognition that current police behaviors toward people is rooted in this nation's history and legacy of genocide, slavery, annexation and racist laws that began since it's founding. George Floyd's name is synonymous with justice because people are protesting against oppression and demanding a nation where basic democratic and human rights for people who are Black, Brown, Native and other oppressed nationalities.