Many comment that George Floyd died from Fentanyl in his system or from preexisting conditions etc. The fact is, even with those factors, the knee to the neck was the primary factor in his death.
So often, black officers are questioned regarding the behavior of white officers and their lack of effort to protect minorities. We must keep in mind that bias does not only affect white officers. I have seen behavior by blacks result in the same racist results as those by whites. As Robin Diangelo states in her book "White Fragility" we are all swimming in racist waters. Bias does not make a person a racist and well-meaning people actually do things that further racist systems. Now, the minority community is hurting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white officer. While one officer had his knee on the neck of Floyd there were three other officers standing at the scene of the incident who could have stepped up and said something but they did not. Why didn't they? Why did they stand by and allow this to happen? Perhaps they agreed that Floyd was a danger? Maybe they felt he deserved the treatment he was getting. How many have considered the possibility that they knew it was wrong but that. they did not feel it was their place or that they had the power to step in and correct the behavior of a fellow (Senior) officer. What would those officers have to fear? Take a look at the attached video and consider the questions of why some don't speak out when it is clear that they should. Cariol Horne spoke up. Do you think other officers would speak up more often or less often after observing what happened to her?
"2018, Officer Kwiatkowski, the same officer that Horne prevented from harming Neal Mack, was sentenced to 4 months in prison for using unlawful and unreasonable force against 4 teenagers that were already under control."
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, more than 500 African Americans have been shot and killed by police. The African American community cited racism as the major reason for the disproportionate numbers of unarmed blacks killed by police. African American leaders, organizers and city governments responded by demanding more diversity in policing. Diversity became the buzz word in law enforcement. Departments began focusing on bringing their numbers up to meet the demand of diversity standards set by department heads and city managers. The going equation was, more African American officers equals fewer African Americans killed by police. The fact is, diversity is simply not enough.