NEW GEORGE FLOYD VIDEO SHOWS
THERE’S MORE TO A TRAGIC STORY
Back in June I wrote about George Floyd’s death, the Minneapolis tragedy that set the ongoing Black Lives Matter / Antifa riots in motion. My piece was inspired by Rush Limbaugh’s appearance on the Black-interest morning radio show, “The Breakfast Club.”
Rush had expressed his outrage at Floyd’s apparent asphyxiation under the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin. Host Lenard McKelvey (known as “Charlamagne Tha God”) had asked Rush why this incident so moved him, as compared with other police killings of Black men.
Rush’s answer was a bit vague…
“Because I’m fed up with it!”
In contrast, my blog comment was…
“Because it was clear.
“In other police killings, such as that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there have been additional facts not immediately known, or other actions not captured on video. Things happen quickly in confrontational situations, and you usually can’t know what transpired before the camera was turned on, or what might have been revealed if viewed from a different angle.
“The Minneapolis incident had no such ambiguity about it.”
I was wrong.
Additional body cam footage leaked by the UK’s Daily Mail reveals that the incident was not at all clear. It shows a drugged and delusional George Floyd in an apparent hallucinatory state, babbling incoherently, and resisting arrest with the full weight of his massive frame.
I wrote further…
“Regardless of Floyd’s criminal background, and even if he had been resisting arrest, keeping a knee pressed to his throat for almost nine minutes couldn’t possibly be considered an appropriate restraining technique. And so the whole world observed an American policeman squeeze the life out another human being, as fellow officers stood by.”
The leaked footage puts a rather different light on things.
There are still legitimate questions about police behavior in the arrest. But what had looked like a malevolent act on the part of Chauvin now appears more like a misjudgment, as the cop tried to keep Floyd still, and to calm him down. Chauvin’s approach may have been ill-considered, and its result tragic, but his action no longer suggests unbridled cruelty or abuse.
None of this matters to radical opportunists who were prepped and waiting for some incident of police misfeasance which could be held up as an icon of systemic racism. Leftist premeditation was evident in the sophisticated logistical planning involved in pulling off looting and destruction simultaneously at multiple locations around the country.
And now that they’ve got so much invested in the alleged racism of American cops, don’t expect any easing of their claim. The riots have larger purposes, namely to influence the election and create instability. So they’ll continue.
But what about the average person viewing this new video?
Are Black people still convinced that Chauvin was acting out of racial animus? I can’t say, though I know how difficult it can be to step back from an emotion-charged assumption — especially after all the protests (so thoroughly coopted by Black Lives Matter and Antifa).
For most White people Floyd’s death provided an occasion to ponder the frequently made assertion that Blacks face special risks in their interactions with police. It was an opportunity to view things through different eyes, and that was probably a worthwhile exercise.
Attitudes were somewhat clouded when it was reported that Chauvin and Floyd had once worked at the same nightclub. Perhaps this indicated some personal friction, which could have had its own racial dimension. It certainly did nothing to obviate what seemed like such indisputable guilt on the part of the cop.
Now, Whites don’t know what to think.
Certainly Chauvin’s racial attitudes are a mystery to me. Nor do I know if he had any feelings about George Floyd personally. Maybe these things will be revealed if the case goes to trial.
But all of this demonstrates our human dependence on what we see with our own eyes, and how limited that can be. As I wrote in my blog post…
“…you usually can’t know what transpired before the camera was turned on…”
Indeed, I was as quick as anyone to assume I had the whole story from a video record that seemed complete and self-explanatory.
Only it wasn’t. There was more going on: a whole backstory, told in video footage I didn’t see.
There are legitimate questions also about why this additional material was withheld. Those questions need to be answered, since what we did see contributed to so much strife and mayhem (with great harm to police officers, in particular).
At any rate, it explains why eye-witness testimony is often unreliable or misleading.
We just don’t know what we don’t know.
A lesson we should all take to heart.
“Whether or not you feel that Chauvin’s infamous kneecap move was unnecessary or sadistic, the most pertinent fact at trial will be that it was legal. Minneapolis police are trained to use a ‘neck restraint’ that involves ‘compressing one or both sides of a person’s neck with an arm or leg, without applying direct pressure to the trachea or airway (front of the neck).’”
Goad maintains that the whole presentation of this case represents a “big lie.” Check out his observations at…
On the other side of things, the lefty Catholic group Pax Christi USA issued a statement in which it said it was “outraged and heartbroken” over Floyd’s death, “at the heart” of which it saw undisguised racism. Catholic News Service reported on this statement along with other expressions of concern by Church figures…
“for joining them in standing for justice, [but] we also cannot sink to the level of our oppressors, and we cannot endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and outrage.”…
Floyd’s girlfriend, Courtney Ross, also spoke out, giving rise to this meme current circulating online…