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George Floyd’s Brother Surfaces / Independent Autopsy Completed

June 2, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

Terrence Floyd(C), the brother of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, gathers with supporters at the site where George Floyd died on June 1, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. – Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting, sending shock waves through the country. The death Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited this latest wave of outrage in the US over law enforcement’s repeated use of lethal force against African Americans — this one like others before captured on cellphone video. (Photo by kerem yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are a peaceful family, this will not bring back my brother. He would not have wanted this. Go out and vote …” George Floyd’s Brother addressing crowd and striking a peaceful note.

An independent Autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd was completed and released and shows homicide as the cause of death.  The autopsy from the state shows some contradicting information but both the independent and the public autopsy done by the state show that a homicide had taken place.  Both agree that the action of Derek Chauvin led to George Floyd’s death.

Third Degree Charge

The police officer Derek Chauvin, one of the four cops now fired, has been slapped with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter charges. The other three former cops are yet to be charged.

This charge of 3rd degree murder relates to a “depraved mind”. This is a strange charge that is not widely known or used outside Minneapolis. A dozen of convictions have been gotten under this statute. To convict in the case of a jury one would be asked to go into the mind of the accused. This is not easy to prove or arrived at.

In 2017  a black cop named Mohamed Noor who shot a white woman was convicted under this 3rd degree charge in the same city of Minneapolis.

1st Degree Murder

In light of the results of an independent autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd, the family is asking that 3rd degree and manslaughter charges be upgraded to 1st degree murder.

Unknown To Us

This is the first time this brother of George Floyd has surfaced as a visible actor in this matter since it unfolded seven days ago when this murder occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The scene of a 46 year old Black Man who was killed by a quartet of white police officers. It was a take down for an alleged twenty dollars said to be a false note allegedly tendered by George Floyd at a store in Minneapolis, Mn. USA.

For the record, this is a misdemeanor offence in law. A life was taken for that.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a veteran journalist who is also Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper.

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