Who asked the limeys to get involved?
Perhaps, the Euros will get it thru their thick heads now.
Bit unnecessary don't you think? The death of George Floyd is headline news worldwide and here in the UK there have been Black Lives Matter protests in most big cities. I don't know why you have to take every comment about the US as a personal affront, one would have to be blind not to see that your country is going through a particularly challenging time. I have family in three different US states btw, so I do have an interest in what's going on over there.
It probably would be unimaginable that such a technique wouldn't be acceptable.
I disagree with you on this. I get where you are coming from. Being a cop is a tough job, especially in the US where citizens are armed and they never know what is going to happen when they stop someone. Hats off to them, I wouldn't want that job. I'm sure the majority of cops are decent people who are doing the job to make a difference and whose intentions are good.
However, I don't believe that any circumstance warrants that type of restraint, it's simply too dangerous a technique. I'm sure there must be less harmful ways of restraining people than that, and in the event of a life threatening situation, a cop is more likely to shoot rather than take the time to force someone to the floor and apply this type of technique. Besides which, In this particular case the guy wasn't even resisting arrest, and there were four police officers present so hardly a matter of life or death.
I don't see the veracity of the perception that blacks are preyed upon by police or that blacks are denied opportunity.
Ok, I'm not going to refute the statistics you've posted regarding police shootings and violent crime, but I would be interested to know how often black people generally are stopped and searched for example. There have been problems in the UK with this which has led to much distrust of the police over here:
How do you know that the same thing isn't happening in the US? Unless an arrest is made, would there even be records kept of those stopped and searched?If this type of thing is happening, it would go a long way to explaining why cops are perceived as racists for example.BTW I do believe racial discrimination still exists, and I've witnessed this first hand in my country.
Regarding opportunity. Yes, things have moved on, but humour me here, if a black person is born in the projects, how equal would you say that person's opportunities are going to be? Chances are that even if that person wants to succeed in life, resists the gang culture, drugs etc, that person is not going to be attending a good school, getting the best education and results, and having access to good jobs.I would say a black person in those circumstances is going to have a far tougher time getting ahead in life.
There is also the white perception that most blacks are drug dealers, gang members, lazy, less intelligent etc. Read some more posts in US threads on this forum to see exactly what I mean, you won't find a single positive thing to be said about black people. I wonder how that translates to the wider picture in US society and how much that belief impacts on black people generally.
I am also curious to know what the ratio of black to white home ownership is, as this is obviously a marker of success. Are they generally living in decent and affordable housing? Or are they predominantly living in social housing where effectively they are still segregated........
These are just a few things I pondered over, waiting for the knives to come out now :D
it was jjst an unfortunate accident.
An accident happens when for example, you step into the road without looking and get hit by a car. George Floyd would still be alive if that cop hadn't put a knee on his neck for over 8 minutes. That is not an accident.