The Pope recently revealed that we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism, else we will regret it for the rest of our lives.
According to him, the violence that followed George Floyd’s death in the city of Minneapolis last week was also self-destructive and self-defeating and it should not be happening.
He added that he is currently praying for Floyd and all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism.
His words, “Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”
What do you think?
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. During an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kept his knee on the side of Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down. During the last three minutes, Floyd was motionless.
Three more officers who were involved in the arrest further restricted his body movement and prevented intervention of the onlookers. An ambulance was called at the scene. Later, Floyd went into a full cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Floyd was arrested because he was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market. Police said Floyd physically resisted arrest. Some media organizations commented that a security camera from a nearby business did not show Floyd resisting.
The criminal complaint filed later said that, based on body camera footage, Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe while standing outside the police car, resisted getting in the car and intentionally fell down; then, after Chauvin placed his knee, Floyd said “I can’t breathe” multiple times and repeatedly said, “Mama” and “please”.
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