Why didn’t the witnesses help George Floyd? They were afraid to lose their lives.

Why didn’t anyone intervene to save George Floyd’s life? They had nine minutes to do that while he was under Derek Chauvin’s lap, but no one did. Some of my longtime friends in a diverse group have recently wondered about this on Facebook. Why, even though they knew they would be arrested, bystanders didn’t come forward to break the strangler fig.

What you lack is that I told my friends that some of us are black and some are white. Those blacks weren’t thinking of being arrested. They are keenly aware that the police will not hesitate to shoot you.

Perhaps white spectators felt the same in that place and in that situation. Encountering encounters like Floyd and former police officer Chauvin and his men is traumatic and life-threatening. Did you hear members of the crowd crying on the witness stand, young and old, because they didn’t save George Floyd when they testified at Chauvin’s trial? What a regret!

That group About 12 people basically consisted of an old man, a teenager who deserved a medal to record the entire attack, a few girls, a man who knew martial arts, and other passers-by. Most of them were black. I think they had the courage to do what they did. They did not give up begging, screaming, or taunting Chauvin, the highest-ranking officer there. Angry person Someone who needed to distract and manage the police.

Invade instead of protect

I grew up in the black district of Cincinnati. There, police are known to shoot blacks exempt from liability, no matter how many unjustified protests and occasional riots. Cincinnati.com conducted a five-month investigation in 2017, and Cincinnati police shot and killed 18 people since 2010, Police officers were not charged or disciplined For shooting. Cincinnati is not the majority of black cities.That The black population is 42%..

Police also shoot people in Minneapolis. Remember Philland Castile, Shot in front of his girlfriend And did her little girl get in her car and get a gun permit? And now I have a 20-year-old Dantelite, Shot dead last Sunday while transportation was stopped 16 km (16 miles) from Minneapolis.The policeman who shot him Indicted for two manslaughter charges..

Body camera footage shows a bystander in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, with Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck.

Body camera footage shows a bystander in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, with Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.

These Minneapolis police officers did not hesitate to shoot people who were too close. I wish heroes such as Black Panther and Captain America had appeared and intervened, but I’m completely afraid it’s an illusion.

Carrying between blacks: I’m a licensed gun owner, but I haven’t carried it around for years. why? I’m black and scared.

Friends suggested that Floyd would probably still be alive, even if other police officers asked Chauvin to change Floyd’s position.But One asked, And Chauvin refused. If so, and if so, behind each is an innocent presumption that the police are civil servants and will not kill anyone for no reason.yet the study of Police station For decades Police act as servants In a white neighborhood where they protect people — but they Invading army In blacks, Latinos, and poor areas, the criminal tendencies of those around them must be contained during the shift, after which many of them return to white areas.

A close white cop friend once told me that you would be a cop because you want to help people, but after a while, to some cop, everyone starts to look like a criminal.

Everything that everyone can see

That day was unconvincing in Minneapolis. A sparse crowd standing obediently on the sidewalk pleaded, and some were angry. Everything was open and happening right away, and Chauvin didn’t seem to care who saw it.

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There is a hint that Chauvin and his neighbors were not strangers.Chauvin and witness Charles McMillian, 61, Greeting each other Just a few days before the murder. McMillian is a neighbor that lives in most areas and is known to everyone. Before the police put Floyd on the ground, you can hear him in a video begging Floyd not to resist because Floyd wasn’t going to win.

Beyond this encounter Chauvin’s record As a Minneapolis police officer. There were 18 complaints in 19 years, including 6 from 2014 to 2019 (One involved a womanAs with Floyd, he used some kind of power. By the judge’s ruling, most complaints are not evidence of this case.

I knew that the “crowd” were people with guns who would never be punished for shooting someone at work.

Starita Smith, Ph.D. Is a writer and activist. She was a professor of English and sociology at the University of North Texas and the North Lake Campus of Dallas College. She is also a reporter and editor for Gary Post Tribune, Columbus Dispatch, and Austin American Statesman.

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Witnesses of George Floyd were afraid that he would die if he tried to stop Chauvin.

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