Critical Considerations: the MN Chauvin (Floyd) Case

It is about the Constitution, people.

George Floyd was killed by police officers, four of whom participated in suppressing his breathing to the point of death, at which point his heart failed; granted, contributed to by drug use, Covid and other factors. His mind must have been in a state of panic, unable to breathe or move. He was a big and physically strong man, but could any human be expected to survive that suffocation and suppression? For more on this, see the Suffocations page.

It was a tragedy, yet it is important to consider this properly. George Floyd's death was a violation of the Constitution and the civil rights guaranteed there, specifically the Fourth Amendment. Observe that the Constitution does not use language to identify race, gender, or any other distinction.

All citizens are equally protected by the Constitution's civil rights.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons...against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."

   - US Constitution, Fourth Amendment

Now, let us be honest about the facts.

There are 700,000+ sworn police officers in America who process 10,000,000+ arrests each year. That is well over 26,000 each day.

About 1,000+ citizens die at the hands of police officers every year, about 3 per day. Most of those are justified, such as when citizens are armed, committing crimes, and/or threatening other citizens or the community.

How many of the 1,000+ from 2020 can you name...? And for how many did you express concern for justice...?

If we are honest, we would observe that the 3 per day are rare exceptions among 26,000+ arrests each day. It is a credit to the vast majority of our police officers that the actual count is that small.

Let us also be honest and observe that police officers have been killed in the line of duty at about the same rate in 2021. Keeping our communities safe is contentious business, and every citizen wants an officer to respond promptly if the citizen's life or property are threatened. That is how a civil society is presently maintained. That is why officers are trained to "protect and serve".

We must recognize the civil rights violations and tragedies every year among those 1,000+ and the exceptions must be addressed, because those losses create holes in families and communities. Whether these exceptions are a result of misjudgment or appalling behavior of the individual officers who are making spontaneous decisions at a fluid scene, or whether the violations of Fourth Amendment protections are inadvertent or negligent, "a violation is a violation".  There must be justice for violations of civil rights.

It is also worth noting that more unarmed white people are killed by police officers than unarmed people of any other race. Look at the Tragic Shootings and Suffocations pages. Two other Suffocations listed happened in 2020, one a month before, and another just a few months after George Floyd's murder. All are the same - clear violations of Fourth Amendment protections.

Suffocations Tragic Shootings

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons...against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."

   - US Constitution, Fourth Amendment

No law or Supreme Court precedent takes priority over the US Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were wise enough to establish these rights for all Americans when our nation was founded. Our Courts must protect those rights, lest we lose them.

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Now it is time for the Supreme Court to rise to The Supreme Court Challenge.

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