Fascinating

The autopsy report cited in the arrest warrant for the man charged with George Floyd’s murder suggested his death was due to hypertension and a heart condition; it was, in fact, caused by police brutality and violation of civil rights, and his health issues, if true, might be just part of that same spectrum of structural violence.

We’ll add the fentanyl intoxication to that structural violence causation, shall we?

Apparently Heinz Kiosk has come back as Rebecca Solnit.

14 thoughts on “Fascinating”

  1. ‘What is particularly stunning about the brutality of the police across the country is that they seem to expect impunity.’

    Cos they couldn’t get immunity.

  2. ‘in fact, caused by police brutality and violation of civil rights’

    Everybody gets to write their own autopsy.

  3. I’m still trying to get my head round someone who’s unable to breath calling out that he can’t breath. Where does the breath come from?

  4. BiS – it can happen. You can be struggling to get enough oxygen into your lungs and able to cry out for a while.

  5. Meanwhile:

    “IF YOU ARE BLACK IN CHICAGO STAY AWAY FROM 26th AND CICERO/ CERMAK AND CICERO. THE MEXICANS IN THE AREA ARE TARGETING ALL BLACK PEOPLE. THEY’RE SITTING OUTSIDE WITH WEAPONS PULLING PEOPLE FROM THEIR CARS AND BEATING THEM. CICERO PD IS DOING NOTHING TO STOP IT”

    It’s Police violence!

  6. Judges in Canada have to take the impact of residential schools etc. into account when sentencing a First Nations person and they can count as a mitigating factor for sentencing

    “Section 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Gladue, [1999] 1 S.C.R. 688 have stated that Judges should account for these considerations when making sentencing decisions. Gladueasks judges to apply a method of analysis that recognizes the adverse background cultural impact factors that many Aboriginals face. In a Gladue analysis these factors, if present in their personal history, work to mitigate or reduce the culpability of offenders. Judges are then asked to consider all reasonable alternatives to jail in light of this. Such an analysis, then, is more likely to lead to a restorative justice remedy being used either in place of a jail sentence or combined with a reduced term.”

  7. What if you self-identify as a minority victim of police violence (maybe as a result of your mother asking you to clean your room)

  8. Guardian headline:
    George Floyd: medical examiner says death was a homicide

    Okay.

    Medical examiner:
    Manner of death: Homicide

    Manner of death classification is a statutory function of the medical examiner,
    as part of death certification for purposes of vital statistics and public health.
    Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent, and
    should not be used to usurp the judicial process. Such decisions are outside
    the scope of the Medical Examiner’s role or authority.

    https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MNHENNE/2020/06/01/file_attachments/1464238/2020-3700%20Floyd,%20George%20Perry%20Update%206.1.2020.pdf

    So homicide here just means somebody died in the hands of somebody else. As opposed to falling off their bike or hanging themselves.

  9. . . . despite Dennis defending Mr Druggie Criminal

    I don’t think that’s what Dennis is doing. He’s saying a suspect was murdered by the arresting officers.

  10. So let me get this straight.

    This guy was a criminal who beat a pregnant black woman during a robbery, he threatened to shoot her unborn child. He has a long history of cocaine possession charges and on the day of his arrest was [email protected] out of his head on meth and fentanyl, but still way happy to drive and try and pass a fake $20 bill. He got into a fight with four police officers and then died.

    And this is why shops are robbed and looted.

    Yeah.

  11. @A

    +1 Yep, that’s about it. Plus Mr Druggie Criminal has spent close to half his adult life in jail

    I’d bet at least 50% of “peaceful protest” rioters, looters, assaulters couldn’t name him. Many police assaulted in London today

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