WHY ISN’T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT: George Floyd’s Past Does Not Justify His Murder

Why is it that when police kill an innocent black man, the focus is always on the victim’s past, instead of the killer’s past, and what led up to his use of excessive force?

On today’s edition of ‘Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?’ I keep seeing posts and re-shares of a certain video claiming George Floyd deserved to die because he had a past. As if to to say that when they confronted him, police pulled out a book of every crime he had ever committed and said “Yep… he was caught with drugs more than 10 years ago, he deserves to die today.”

Why is it that when innocent, unarmed black men are killed by police, the focus is always on what happened in their past, instead of looking at the past of the officers who killed them and questioning what led up to them using excessive force and taking an innocent life in the way that they did?

So instead of focusing on George Floyd’s past, here are a few solutions we can push for

End qualified immunity so that police officers are actually held liable for their actions.

Make police spend more time learning de-escalation tactics than they do learning how to shoot and hit their targets.

Train police how to deal with the mentally ill members of their community in a humane way instead of training them to resort to force.

Take away ticket quotas altogether—we get it, police generate massive revenues from extorting the public, but that’s not a good thing. At all. 

Stop allowing civl asset forfeiture—it’s literally just looting sanctioned by the state.

End all programs that give local police departments access to military gear—the streets of your hometown are not a war zone.

Stop all no-knock warrants—there have been far too many cases where innocent people have been killed or the wrong house has been destroyed and the officers involved have faced no charges. It’s just not worth.

End the War on Drugs, which was literally started to target poor black communities.

Create a national registry for police misconduct—when you use excessive force, it should be documented always, and if you’re fired for killing or assaulting a member of the community you’re supposed to be “protecting and serving,” you shouldn’t be able to get your job back or simply move one to another department—and that is something everyone should be talking about. 

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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