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From the first report of the George Floyd death, I was bothered by the lack of interest in Officer Chauvin’s possible motive for having his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes. With no such interest expressed, the political polemicists of BLM/Antifa had a field day ascribing it to the endemic racism of America showing itself by the merciless actions of a white cop. We now have a video of the actual arrest and, for me, it reveals a great deal.
First, we notice how strangely agitated Floyd is. He isn’t angry but terrified first of being shot which he repeats over and over again. He doesn’t seem to be actually resisting arrest but so frightened as to not be in control of his own movements. He is big and the cops have trouble moving him into the position that they need him to be. He never acts in an aggressive way to the cops but rather seems to be asking for some kind of help but he doesn’t really make much sense. A woman and a man were in the parked car with him and get out on the passenger side to the sidewalk. One of the cops is questioning the woman about Floyd and she puts her finger to the side of her head and rotates it around, the common sign one makes to imply that someone is crazy. As the cops struggle to move Floyd into their police vehicle, Floyd is just babbling fearfully and probably is exhibiting paranoid behavior (I can’t make such a clinical diagnosis). One of the things he says over and over is, “I had the COVID, I had the COVID.” I already knew this fact from one of the early news stories but it has been rarely mentioned since. Now we can see that he is telling Chauvin and the other police directly that he had been infected with the virus. Floyd continues to be trouble in a sort of passive-aggressive way. He isn’t fighting the police but he isn’t quite cooperating either. They want to get him into an ambulance but the ambulance hasn’t arrived yet. Then Chauvin and another officer quit trying to get him quiet in the back of the police cruiser and take him out and lay him flat on the ground with Chauvin holding Floyd’s head flat to the ground with his knee.
This new evidence suggests to me what I had suspected all along: Chauvin, knowing that he’s not got a dangerous criminal but a mentally ill man, wants to put him in an ambulance where he can be sedated. Chauvin must wait until the ambulance arrives. Knowing that Floyd is infected with COVID, Chauvin is fearful that Floyd, flailing about as he is, might sneeze on him or his other officers and infect them. Floyd’s fear that he can’t breathe is from the beginning because he had “the COVID.” Neither Chauvin nor the other officers are prepared to deal with the COVID threat and aren’t wearing masks. So Chauvin still waiting for the ambulance with Floyd yelling that he can’t breathe while sitting alone inside the police vehicle, let’s Floyd out and holds Floyd’s head flat to the pavement with his knee to stop Floyd from infecting him or the other officers. Floyd has been babbling so irrationally the whole time that Chauvin ignores the last complaints from Floyd. Floyd has a heart attack and dies while Chauvin is still waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
What difference does it make now? The lunatic monsters of BLM/Antifa have used the incident to accuse Western Civilization itself of racism and made that a pretext for destructive anarchy in the streets of numerous cities. We can’t rewind this. The madness happened because enough people in the media and government were willing to buy the total lie of racism. It also happened because enough people in the media and government have been fanning the fear of the COVID. Floyd terrified to the point of a nervous breakdown. Chauvin was frightened into an action that was unnecessarily cautious to protect against the virus and endangered a prisoner that was no threat.
This is a comedy of terrors. It isn’t Floyd or Chauvin who are in the wrong but our whole society that insists on spreading paranoia while it directs people away from a spiritual life that might insulate them a little from the effects of fear. BLM/Antifa are the embodiment of this madness. They are continuing to do harm to this society and everyone in it. We all need to calm the hell down and think clearly before we do any more damage. BLM/Antifa needs to stand down now and stop spreading their madness.