The horrific legacy of black Americans needlessly killed by police officers in this country has continued, and many people have had enough.

The latest tragedy involved George Floyd in Minneapolis. He was accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill and was confronted May 25 by police officers.

One officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned Mr. Floyd to the ground and placed a knee on his neck for about nine minutes. Mr. Floyd’s hands were handcuffed, so it’s uncertain why the officer felt the need to keep him in this position.

Mr. Floyd repeatedly said that he couldn’t breathe. He died, thus adding another sad chapter to this part of our nation’s history.

The death of Mr. Floyd has sparked protests around the world.

As with other black citizens killed under dubious circumstances by law enforcement agents, demonstrators want answers as to why these dreadful events keep occurring. Most importantly, activists want them to stop — now!

Some of the protests here in the United States turned violent, with shop owners assaulted while trying to protect their businesses, stories being looted and property destroyed by arsonists. This is appalling and unjustified.

We understand that some people are tired of hearing excuses from government authorities. They believe that only drastic acts such as vandalism will get the attention of those who need to make changes in the way police officers are trained. They’ve heard empty promises too many times, and they feel they must take matters into their own hands.

But further violence will only breed resentment. People who sincerely want to see this process reformed have to bring a broad spectrum of Americans to their side to have any hope of implementing the necessary changes. Beating up merchants and burning stores won’t endear these people to the majority of citizens, and this will help defeat what most demonstrators want to accomplish.

But just the same, government authorities must listen to the voices of the protesters. They need to take this message seriously and show they’re committed to bringing about vital reforms.

We’re fortunate that demonstrations in the north country over the weekend remained peaceful. However, avoiding violence on the part of protesters is only part of the process of ensuring law and order that must occur.

The list of black Americans who have died senselessly at the hands of police officers is frightfully long.

Eric Garner of New York City died in 2014 in a manner similar to Mr. Floyd. Several officers tried to subdue him, and one put Mr. Garner in an illegal chokehold. Mr. Garner cried out that he couldn’t breathe before perishing.

Atatiana Jefferson was shot to death in October in Fort Worth, Texas, as she babysat her nephew. Dominique Clayton of was killed by an officer in Oxford, Miss., in May 2019 while sleeping in her bed. Botham Jean died when he was shot in September by an off-duty Dallas police officer who mistook his apartment for her own.

Tamir Rice was shot in 2014 by a Cleveland police officer responding to a call about someone in a park with a gun. The officer shot the 12-year-old boy less than 2 seconds after exiting his squad car. Tamir had a BB gun but wasn’t holding it at the time of the shooting.

These killings must stop. Black Americans have a right to know that the color of their skin will not imperil their lives at the hands of other people. The proper response to demonstrators is to show reform measures are being put into place and that all citizens will be protected by those tasked overseeing with public safety.

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Holmes -- the real one

Yes, fake "Holmes," what their fellow officers have done IS shameful.

To humble yourself before those who are protesting injustice sends a powerful message. And it offers a path to reconciliation.

What they did is noble and praiseworthy.

Now we need to all rise and stand together. There is work to be done.

And fake "Holmes" if you wish you may crawl back to that dark place from whence you came. But before you go, remember to list the news sources that you consider trustworthy. You wouldn't want to forget to do that and be considered too cowardly to show what you believe....

rockloper

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keyser soze

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Holmes

"remember to list the news sources that you consider trustworthy" I know of several 'trustworthy' news sources, however, I cleaned my TV screen with anti-virus wipes, I lost CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and yes, even your Al Jezeera. Hmmm, who would have predicted that?

Holmes -- the real one

Funny how you completely sidestep the listing of news sources that you consider trustworthy.

Who, besides everyone, could have predicted that?

What ARE you afraid of? In some countries what is considered “reliable” falls in and out of favor. People there are afraid of going on record favoring one over another because of potential government retaliation. The safest thing is to focus on criticizing the news sources in other countries. Funny how that seems to be a pattern with the fake “Holmes” comments.

What's with the "your Al Jazeera"? Is it my Breitbart too? Are you afraid to read something that you might not agree with?

So you have a TV virus problem? Really?

Again, let’s repeat:

you have not listed any news source that you consider trustworthy. Why?

Holmes

Now the police are kneeling before the mob. Shameful...

rockloper

Kneeling with the protestors sends a powerful message towards heeling. The officer is to be commended.

Holmes -- the real one

The automatic spell checker is at it again. It changed healing to heeling!

rockloper

[beam] indeed it did. In most cases quite honestly the spell checker is my friend but once in a while.......

Holmes

Keep telling yourself that... That's so embarrassing..

keyser soze

Regrettably, the forces that bind the current strife have a long history in America. The far right has used racial enmity and race baiting as a political strategy for over half a century going back to the familiar Southern Strategy of the 60’s. As a political operative, Lee Atwater made his name successfully stoking racial animus - - “…If I can make Willie Horton a household name, we'll win the election” he said… and they did.

Make no mistake; stoking the racial nerve of American culture is central to Trump's campaign strategy. It links today's GOP and far too many whites more than any other issue. Rooting that cancer out is a boil-the-ocean proposition.

rockloper

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Holmes

Ludicrous.

keyser soze

Too much UV?

keyser soze

Fake Holmes is just mad because the Dotard is an enormous failure. Looks like his White Supremacist daddy was on to something.

zeitgeist

The message is larger. It isn't limited to George Floyd, the others and police brutality. Blacks (along with other people of color and whites) are "tired" of more than that. They're "tired" of multiple generations of systemic inequality and marginalization, and the resulting injustices: lack of access to safety, healthcare, education, housing, and good jobs, high unemployment rates, disproportionate rates of incarceration, rates of COVID-19 infection and death, etc.

Holmes -- the real one

Amen!

Holmes

The rioters don't seem to concerned about CoViD-19 as depicted on TV...

rockloper

Actually they do seemed concern. I see most if not all are wearing face masks. I wonder if when tRUMP was doing his bunker inspection he was looking for face masks. hahahahahahahahahahaha do you believe that one fake holmes?

Holmes

What are you watching, Al Jezeera with Homey?

keyser soze

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rockloper

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Holmes

"The list of black Americans who have died senselessly at the hands of police officers is frightfully long." Statement is not true.... Nine unarmed Blacks were killed last year, nineteen unarmed Whites were killed.

Holmes -- the real one

Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/03/us/minneapolis-police-use-of-force.html

Nice_Commenter

Did you know the “M” in your “two STEM degrees” stands for Math? You are bad at math.

The stats you cite would be ok if there were twice as many whites as blacks. There are more than 7 times as many whites than blacks. If 19 whites were killed by police, proportionately 3 or 4 blacks would be killed according to MATH.

rockloper

The statement still holds true -"The list of black Americans who have died senselessly at the hands of police officers is frightfully long."

Holmes

"Police officers were involved in fatal shootings 1,004 times, forty-one of those were unarmed people. The police shot unarmed people. If you listen to the rhetoric, 'every one of those people were black.' You know what? That is a lie. That is completely false. It is not true." "Nineteen white people, unarmed, were shot and killed by the police last year. Nine were black. You know what? Everybody is talking about the blacks that were unarmed and killed by the police, 'that number is systemic. It is outrageous! It is insane! 'There were 89 cops killed in this country in the line of duty last year," Kerik concluded. "Nobody is talking about them." Bernard Kerik, form NYC Police Commissioner. 92 shot and 27 killed last weekend in Chicago, hmmm, no one talking about them either...

Holmes -- the real one

1,028 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year

Updated June 2, 2020

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/

Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/05/mapping-police-killings-black-americans-200531105741757.html

Holmes

Still, police killed 19 unarmed whites and 9 unarmed blacks last year.

Al Jazeera, that certainly explains a lot of your views.

Holmes -- the real one

Do the math. Get back to me when you understand percentages.

As to your nonsense comment about sources, I also read Breitbart, Fox, and others that are more up what would be your alley (if you actually had an alley). In addition to those, I also regularly read 10-12 medical and research journals as well as the current news and commentary from several different countries -- each in its own language.

Does that "explain a lot" of my views too?

Honestly, it seems that your handlers have this account simply to present poorly though out, biased, and ultimately stupid views. How very embarrassing for them.

Do they have uncensored internet where you are?

Post a list of what you consider to be reliable sources.

Let's see what you've got.

rockloper

He's posting sources fake holmes. Where are yours?

Nice_Commenter

You are incredibly bad at Math. Are there more white people or black people, STEM genius?

We are talking about how 40% of the guns used in Chicago homicides are purchased in Republican Indiana.

Your math illiteracy extends to homicide numbers! Neat! Murder rate is important, that’s why Republicans pretend St. Louis Missouri doesn’t exist.

Holmes

Blue mayors and governors of Illinois use the "guns come from Indiana" mantra to spin their narrative. What about the 60% of guns purchased in Illinois? And if anyone is illiterate it is your command of the English language.

Holmes -- the real one

"And if anyone is illiterate it is your command of the English language."

This is a most bizarre and illogical sentence construction. It is not consistent with native speaking English usage.

rockloper

Obviously shooting LEOs is not condoned but.....as an LEO you know there is a certain inherent danger in your job. You KNOW this. To me the sad part is these rogue cops are putting a target on ALL LEOs. As an ordinary citizen going about daily life this shouldn't be an inherent danger but it is for some. Where have you been fake holmes, under a cabbage leaf? The killings in Chicago are talked about continuously. It's called sensible gun legislation. And to say nobody is talking about LEOs being shot is equally ludicrous. But the right wing is pulling its usual smoke screen and saying "Hey look over here!"

keyser soze

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rdsouth

Well written editorial. Sums it up nicely. As a side note, I wonder how much of the aggressive behavior and mental rigidity involved here comes from exposure to lead. Maybe it would help if the police (and other conservatives) used (and practiced with) bullets made from a less poisonous substance. Every time you go to a poorly ventilated shooting range you are breathing in lead vapor and getting your little dose of irrational (but rationalizable) resentment and aggression. It's almost as though you lived in a neighborhood still polluted from old plumbing, chipping paint, and soil infused by the age of leaded gasoline.

Nice_Commenter

Lead poisoning in older Americans is something historians will actually talk about. Basically the last generation to breathe leaded gasoline fumes throughout childhood voted Trump. Look at the symptoms of lead poisoning. It takes a child-like clueless anger to support Trump.

If you want other medical fun Trump is looking like he has Frontal Dementia, which is different than Alzheimer’s. Frontal Dementia causes the strange forward lean that Trump does, and unlike Alzheimer’s people with Frontal Lobe Dementia can find words but their words make no sense.

Holmes

Thank you for your medical diagnosis, Dr Nice. Where did you attend medical school?

Nice_Commenter

My medical informatics research was done with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and UPenn hospital in Philly. You claim to have “two stem degrees” but twice in this thread you clearly do not understand the mathematical concept of percentages.

Holmes -- the real one

So phony "Holmes, " is that what your physician says when she makes a diagnosis, "Well, it's looking like....." ? How in the world did you interpret Nice_Commenter's astute observation as a "medical diagnosis?"

The key thing is to observe from an educated viewpoint.

To help you better understand, this is an example of what it looks like from the point of view of someone who is medically trained:

Across the room, down the street, or sitting next to you on the subway, if you observed that a person has a pill rolling tremor, a shuffling gait, and a hesitation prior to initiating deliberate action (e.g. unable to cross the street even if the light is green until something just "clicks," well, it's not rocket science if you know what to look for, --- it would be reasonable to suspect Parkinson's or at least something that has caused a decrease in dopamine in the brain.

That’s just education and observation.

Similarly, if you observe a person with obvious ataxia, word finding difficulties, diminished vocabulary range, periods of notable disinhibition, and an obvious pattern of inappropriate social behavior, – and if the person is in the right age group, -- one might reasonably suspect a frontotemporal dementia.

Why” Because that’s what it looks like to someone who is educated and observant.

Of course, any sense that one might be observing signs of a medical condition in either case does not a constitute a diagnosis. A person making an actual diagnosis would investigate alternative explanations for the findings and would rule these out prior to declaring a diagnosis.

Of course, these cognitive and behavioral findings that are so OBVIOUS to someone with education and training should be compared to Trump's best functional level or, at least, to a previous better functional state.

Since there is no evidence out there that Trump has EVER in his life shown evidence of empathy, that lack cannot be attributed to dementia.

Having never been known for employing good judgment either – issues about this area of cognition can be viewed in the same way that assesses empathy in this individual.

Communication skills offer a good window into intellectual function, though. If you compare previous vocabulary and general fluency (e.g. take a look at an old interview on YouTube) with what we are observing today --- well, the decline is glaringly evident.

keyser soze

“…Frontal Dementia causes the strange forward lean that Trump does, and unlike Alzheimer’s people with Frontal Lobe Dementia can find words but their words make no sense.”

WOW!! And all this time I thought his frequent bouts with reality was caused by years of Adderall abuse.

Holmes -- the real one

"The horrific legacy of black Americans needlessly killed by police officers in this country has continued, and many people have had enough."

Many people is not enough people if our country is worth anything at all.

We ALL need to stand together and demand that the rights supported by the Constitution be applied EQUALLY to ALL.

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