Here are my reactions to the recent murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, and yes it was a murder not an accident
1. This was once again another case of a Black man dying due to police brutality.
2. Police officer who did this needs to be at absolute minimum charged with manslaughter. This was not an accident, it was gross negligence that led to the death of a Black man.
3. Racism is a serious problem in the US and also elsewhere too. While not as bad in Canada as US, it is still an issue here. It won’t be solved overnight but we must all do our part to reduce it.
4. The violence is unnecessary and unhelpful and is not the way to solve this. One can protest against this without use of violence; that just hurts the cause.
5. Protesting is a fundamental right, but so is right to live. With lack of social distancing I fear we will see a spike in COVID-19 cases. Most protesters are young so will likely recover but any elderly or immune compromised people they come in contact with may not be so lucky.
6. To maintain social distancing while still respecting the right of protest there are two options: 1. Make it clear anyone who attends must self isolate for 14 days after the protest. This would mean only those who can work from home can come. 2. Hold a protest in a park and ensure all participants are spaced out 6 feet apart thus protesting this injustice while still respecting social distancing.
7. National guard may need to be called in, in some cities, but Trump calling out the military is a clear abuse of power and just shows why he must be defeated this November.
8. This whole episode shows why the US is a failing country in so many ways and why as Canada we must take a different path. It is sad the way a country that has achieved so much and still has much potential has turned to this; but we as Canadians can take a different path. Hopefully as in past crisis, US can come out stronger, but won’t be easy.