Fred Weinberg: Never Forget if It Weren’t for George Floyd’s Own Actions, He Would Be Alive Today

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Did former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin properly handle George Floyd’s arrest? No. (In my humble opinion.) Did he commit murder? Probably not. (Again, in my humble opinion.) Here are the facts. George Floyd was a criminal. He moved to Minneapolis from Houston after serving four years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Floyd had fentanyl in his system as well as methamphetamine. He resisted arrest. This is not a poster boy for an innocent black man who was profiled by the police. In point of fact, the police were called because Floyd had allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a local food store. Now, while none of those individual offenses merits a death penalty, neither do they scream law-abiding citizen having a bad day. And the death of that individual — no matter what a moron like Maxine Waters might dribble out of her mouth — does not justify a riot. Was the arrest pretty? No. But ask yourself this: What would have been a better response? “Oh, gee, Mr. Floyd. We’ll just overlook your criminal record, your resisting arrest and let it go?”

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