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George Floyd, a model citizen and hero martyr to the left, continues to be used by them to make our streets even more unsafe.
With crime skyrocketing under Biden and Democrats, they believe their work destroying the fabric of American society isn’t done.
Fox News reports:
Wednesday marks the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Floyd was arrested by Minneapolis police on May 25 outside of Cup Foods on suspicion he was paying with counterfeit money. Then-Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd tried to tell them that he couldn’t breathe.
His arrest and death were filmed by a bystander and sparked a nationwide racial protest movement and calls for police reform.
WaPo writes that George Floyd "was shot & killed in police custody."
He was never shot. He died of cardiopulmonary arrest & official autopsy found nothing to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation." His blood had 11 ng/mL of fentanyl.https://t.co/xtqA23zfk3 pic.twitter.com/27QapU2zaK
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) May 24, 2022
The months of protests also led to widespread rioting, looting, vandalism and several deaths. Damage from the riots is estimated at more than $1 billion.
Chauvin was convicted of Floyd’s murder a little more than a year ago and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. He also separately pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s federal civil rights and could face 20 to 25 years.
This Wednesday, Minneapolis plans to unveil a George Perry Floyd Square street sign at the intersection where he died. The area in front of Cup Foods has been informally called George Floyd Square since his death. Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, will be at the ceremony that precedes a vigil.
Later in the week, a festival and concert will take place at the intersection along with a gathering of families whose loved ones have died at the hands of police.
Now Biden is taking advantage of the anniversary to further restrict police from doing their jobs, because, never let a crisis go to waste, right?
Wednesday, Biden plans to sign an executive order on policing.
Federal agencies would be required to update their use-of-force policies, surplus military equipment would no longer be allowed to go to police departments, and federal funding for police departments that use chokeholds and no-knock warrants would be restricted. In this bill, all federal agencies would be required to establish a national registry that will keep track of officers who were discharged for misconduct.
White House and Justice Department officials have been working on the order since last year, but it will be less meaningful than Biden wanted since talks in Congress on police reform crumbled when Republican and Democrat negotiators became too far apart.
The American liberal hypocrisy — let’s take guns from Americans, but give $40billion to the Ukrainian people for guns and javelins. Let’s talk about the tragedy of death, George Floyd and Black people, but State sponsor the genocide of 30million Black babies… Scamola! #Godspeed pic.twitter.com/NLLNuOkIs3
— Royce White 🇺🇸 (@Highway_30) May 25, 2022
Along with Biden’s planned order, the Department of Justice (DOJ) updated its use-of-force policy on Monday for the first time in 18 years, instructing agents to intervene if they witness police officers using excessive force.
Among those who received the memo were the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, and the US Bureau of Prisons.
The memo referenced federal agents being trained to recognize their ‘duty to intervene.’
‘Officers will be trained in, and must recognize and act upon, the affirmative duty to intervene to prevent or stop, as appropriate, any officer from engaging in excessive force or any other use of force that violates the Constitution, other federal laws, or Department policies on the reasonable use of force,’ according to the memo.
A memo states that officers are obligated to seek medical attention when they see a person in need.
‘Officers will be trained in, and must recognize and act upon, the affirmative duty to request and/or render medical aid, as appropriate, where needed.’
Furthermore, the memo emphasizes that officers should not fire their weapons at fleeing people or at vehicles in an attempt to stop them solely for fleeing.
The memo specifically mandates that officers should not use deadly force ‘against persons whose actions are a threat solely to themselves or property unless an individual poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others in close proximity.’
It was in the use-of-force policy that was last updated in 2004 that officers were clearly told that they ‘may use deadly force only when necessary, that is, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.’
In his memo, Garland clearly states: ‘It is the policy of the Department of Justice to value and preserve human life. Officers may use only the force that is objectively reasonable to effectively gain control of an incident, while protecting the safety of the officer and others.’
A draft of Biden’s new executive order leaked a few months ago, enraging police groups who claimed they were not consulted.
The Biden administration then removed language referring to deadly force only being used ‘as a last resort when there is no reasonable alternative, in other words only when necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death.’
Several law enforcement groups say such terms could lead officers to second-guess their split-second decisions in retrospect.