Critical Considerations: the MN Chauvin (Floyd) Case

Fact: 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, likely 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. Police officers killing a man who presented no threat to other citizens or the community must not be permitted, ever; for no other citizen should be so violated or suffer such a pointless, brutal death. It was a violation of Fourth Amendment civil rights protections. And the US Constitution is the highest law of the land. Nothing supersedes it.

"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 Americans be honest about the Facts.

Let us observe that there are 700,000+ sworn police officers.

Let us observe that those officers process 10,000,000+ arrests each year, 26,000+ each day.

Let us observe that the Chauvin (Floyd) case is one of many: about 1,000+ citizens die at the hands of police officers every year, about 3 per day. Many of those are justified, as armed and dangerous citizens present risks to other citizens and the community.

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 risky business, for every citizen wants an officer to respond promptly if the citizen's life or property are threatened. That is how a civil society as large as America is presently maintained. That is why officers are trained to "protect and serve".

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

Yet there are tragedies every year among those 1,000+ and the exceptions must be addressed. The exceptions usually are a result of appalling behavior of the individual officers, making spontaneous decisions at a scene to violate the Fourth Amendment protections of a citizen. Every good citizen wants each interaction to be safe for officers and citizens, so there must be justice for the exceptions. Also note 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 of those Suffocations listed happened in 2020, near the time of George Floyd's murder -- one a month before, and another just a few months after. Same type of suppression/suffocation by police officers. There have been about 70 of such deaths by officers. How many can you name?

These events are all similar tragedies, clear violations of Fourth Amendment protections.

Suffocations Tragic Shootings

If you are outraged by the one case that "national news media" and special interest groups made into a sensation, but cannot name at least 5 others of the more than 1,000 per year, you need to do more research to be a well informed citizen with a well formed opinion. For thousands of citizens have had Fourth Amendment civil rights protections violated, and received no justice, often denied dishonestly by our Courts. See The Supreme Court Challenge.

Understand too that the root issue is this: It is Fourth Amendment civil right protections that were violated.

"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.

This case over the murder of George Floyd will surely be appealed to the Federal Appeals Court, and then to the Supreme Court of the United States.


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