Remembering George Floyd: Too many still can’t breathe

George Floyd
George Floyd

source: The Hill
published: 25 May 2021

We remember the first time we saw the video. We remember watching helplessly as now convicted murderer, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, choking the life out of a 46-year-old Black man in the street as Chauvin’s fellow officers did nothing to stop it.

We remember the frustration and deep sense of despair we felt that — after the deaths of Walter ScottBotham JeanAtatiana JeffersonPhilando CastileEric GarnerLaquan McDonaldMichael BrownTamir Rice and so many others – we were watching it happen again.

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We all remember hearing George Floyd’s plea, “I can’t breathe.” We couldn’t breathe, either. We still can’t. That’s true for those of us who, like Floyd, are Black and those who aren’t. It’s true for Americans of all races as we stand united in our devastation at the Black lives lost at the hands of police.

Today marks one year since Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. But after all the outrage, the demonstrations, the promises for reform, and the guilty verdict in Chauvin’s trial, we believe that little progress truly has been made.

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