Op-Ed: The moment the police approached George Floyd, the wheels of injustice started

U.S. 2020/6/5

Op-Ed: The moment the police approached George Floyd, the wheels of injustice started

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Shown are a makeshift memorial and mural near where George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody. One officer has been charged with second-degree murder and three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting the murder. ( Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

If equal justice under the law had applied to George Floyd — justice equal to what the four cops now charged with his murder have received — he would never even have been arrested.

The tale of these arrests — one of a black man and that of four police officers — explains why there is justifiable rage on America’s streets.

On May 25, a store clerk in Minneapolis called the police because he suspected that Floyd had paid for a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. But the store owner later said: “Most of the times when patrons give us a counterfeit bill, they don’t even know it’s fake.” The call should have started an investigation; that’s

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