For those who have a weak stomach, I suggest you avoid reading the rest of this blog.
For those who can take it, please read the following excerpt from Liz Navratil’s article for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
A stretch of Chicago Avenue that includes the place where George Floyd cried out for his life will soon be named in his honor.
While the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city of Minneapolis will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place.
A sign to be installed at the intersection of 38th and Chicago will mark the commemorative designation.
Let’s assume that George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, with the complicity of three other officers. That certainly would affect the way you feel about Officer Chauvin and the others.
But, the circumstances of his death aside, what in the world did George Floyd do to be honored?
Click here for Floyd’s complete criminal record. And look below for its “highlights”:
- George Floyd moved to Minneapolis in 2014 after being released from prison in Houston, Texas following an arrest for aggravated robbery
- On May 25, 2020, Floyd was arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis
- He was under the influence of fentanyl and methamphetamine at the time of arrest
- Floyd has more than a decade-old criminal history at the time of the arrest and went to jail for at least 5 times
- George Floyd was the ringleader of a violent home invasion
- He pleaded guilty to entering a woman’s home, pointing a gun at her stomach and searching the home for drugs and money, according to court records
- Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in state jail for possession of cocaine in a December 2005 arrest
- He had previously been sentenced to eight months for the same offense, stemming from an October 2002 arrest
- Floyd was arrested in 2002 for criminal trespassing and served 30 days in jail
- He had another stint for a theft in August 1998
As you can see, it is extensive, violent and drug-ridden.
And, as noted above, when Floyd died, he had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system…not to mention that he was COVID-19 positive.
Is Minneapolis really going to honor this sad excuse for a man?
Sure, why not? It’s Minneapolis, right?
And be sure to defund the police too.