Derek Chauvin who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 9 Minutes, 29 Seconds until his last breath has been convicted for murdering George Floyd.

 

His verdict comes after three weeks’ intensive trial from a 12-member jury beginning from March 9, 2021.

In reaching the final decision, it took the judges 24hours before the judgement was pronounced on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.  Chauvin’s charges include third-degree murder,  second-degree manslaughter. unintentional second-degree murder,

 

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’~ Cape Coast Slave Inhumanity Quote

According to media reports, based on the former police’s charges, he’s likely to be sentenced for over seven decades 

Thus, he’s expected to serve 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for manslaughter.

 

However, with Minneapolis’ guidelines associated with the number years,  Chauvin’s total years of imprisonment will be reduced to about three decades.

The breakdown as suggested might  be 12 and half years in police custody for each murder charge and four years for his second-degree manslaughter charge. He’d serve his sentence in two months’ time.

 

The other three police officers who were seen in the video supporting their colleagues inhumane act towards George Floyd have also been charged with aiding-and-abetting and are yet to face trial.

The verdict was declared at the place of trial which was highly secured and immediately ex-officer Chauvin was found guilty, the crowed of peaceful protesters who were assembled outside the courthouse began jubilating over the final judgement.

 

In a tweet, the lawyer for George Floyd’s family, Ben Crump expressed his satisfaction over the verdict stating that justice has prevailed eventually and it serves as notice for the need of culpability in law enforcement.

 

President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris gave their remarks over the verdict after consoling Floyd’s family members and joining in their victory celebration through a phone call. The president stated:

“Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least now there’s some justice”.

 

Later Tuesday, he addressed the nation where he revealed that, the outcome of George Floyd’s murder is a ground-breaking step to orchestrate justice in the US.

Furthermore, he urged lawmakers to vehemently see to the avoidance of discrimination and inhumane actions by some police officers to people especially, people of colour.

Legislators have been assigned to pass the George Floyd bill focusing on ameliorating policing in the US. Many officials of the state have also applauded the judges for a fair trial.

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Camera footages of the whole incident surfaced on the internet, showed George Floyd handcuffed and lying helplessly on his tummy with Police Officer, Chauvin’s knee choked on his neck as well as three other police officers preventing bystanders from intervening.

Battling on the floor for his life, George Floyd was seen in the video shouting he couldn’t breathe until giving up his ghost.

The cruel nature of handling Mr Floyd’s case by the four Minneapolis police officers sparked unprecedented protests in about 50 cities in the US and Several countries across the world.

Public figures joined the protesters through rallies to support the historic “Black Lives Matter” movement against injustice.

RIP! Oluwatoyin Salau has been found dead

Oluwatoyin Salau was a 19-year-old vibrant young lady, who played a leading role in the black lives matter campaign following George Floyed’s murder.

The black lives matter protest came about after series of discrimination against blacks and police brutality against blacks in the US over the past years.

Oluwatoyin Salau who was keen in her advocacy for racial injustice went missing on June 06, in Tallahassee which triggered reports by friends and loved ones to the police since her disappearance.

Sadly, they found the activist’s body.

According to reports, she disappeared on June 06, after tweeting in the early hours on that day about being sexually molested by a 32-year-old black man.

 

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In her tweet, she disclosed that the molester told her, he was going to help her to find a new place to sleep and gave her a ride to a church, where she used to accommodate.

After collecting her items from the church, the man who pretended he was a man of God took her to his apartment where the demoralising incident happened.

Oluwatoyin escaped when she realised the man was deeply asleep and called the police. unfortunately, she couldn’t recognise the perpetrator’s location because she wasn’t able to see.

Noticing her disappearance after her tweet, fellow activists took it upon themselves to search for their missing friend and colleague.

Oluwatoyin days before her discovery on Saturday which was exactly one week she disappeared by the Tallahassee police officers.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones 

For the past two weeks, following the gruesome killing of George Floyd by a white police man in Minneapolis, the internet has been flooded with reports of serval protests in the US and around the world against racism and civil rights violation by police officers and authorities.

The democratic party leaders were seen in pictures with Ghanaian kente scarves around their neck whilst paying homage to George Floyd at the US Capitol’s Emancipation Hall on Monday, June 08.

The programme was held for only 8 minutes, 46 seconds, the same period of time Mr. Floyd spent struggling to breath under the oppression of the police officer before his tragic demise on May 25, 2020.

More than 20 legislators who were present at the tribute organised by the democrats knelt throughout the program in remembrance of Mr. George Floyd.

Various news reports suggest that the kente cloth worn by the democrats were given to them by Congressional Black Caucus.

It was a sign of appreciating their roots as Africans, show respect to the African fraternity and advocate for massive equality for black people.

African-Americans often wear the African kente cloth during ceremonial functions including the commemoration of slave trade in 2019 and Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address.

The Kente fabric is Africa’s most complex making cloth with varieties of meanings pertaining to the African culture and tradition.

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It originated from the natives of the Ashanti and the Volta regions of Ghana. Decades ago, the kente cloth was associated with only the royal people because it was only worn by the kings and queens on several occasions to suit the purpose of the occasion.

However, as the world evolves with culture dynamism and assimilation, the African culture has been accepted internationally.

The kente cloth in recent years is worn by people across the globe for ceremonies like weddings, christenings, graduation, parties, funerals and many more social functions.

Political leaders in Ghana, Africa and the world are often seen in the kente fabric to portray the pride of the African heritage.

In the Akan dialect “kente” means basket and a traditional Ghanaian basket is also weaved in a particular parttern. The kente cloth is also referred to as, “nwentoma” which means, woven cloth.

The cloth is hand-woven with treads of silk, cotton or rayon in different colours intertwined on a thin straight loom by the kente weavers.

Every colour and pattern of the woven kente cloth has a peculiar meaning and conveys certain messages to the society.

 

GONE TOO SOON:  On Monday evening, May 25, George Floyd was arrested and killed by Minneapolis police officer on camera. The horrific death on camera was seen by the whole world. 

Former officer Derek Chauvin, had his knee trapped on his neck to the floor for nearly 9 minutes  whilst another ex officer Tou Thao looked on and 2 others held George Floyed.

The world, especially  black people watch in horror as

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’

Floyed who was found stranded on the floor told the officer he couldn’t breathe several times in the video and was calling for his mother, begging they shouldn’t kill him and saying his neck hurt.

For about nine minutes under the oppressions of the police officers, Floyd was motionless and blood was flowing through his nose.

Even when Floyd was found unconscious with no pulse, Chauvin who was white was still kneeling on his neck.

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The cruel nature of handling Mr Floyd’s case by the four ex- Minneapolis police officers has sparked unprecedented protests in about 50 cities in the US. 

Several countries across the world and public figures have joined the protesters through rallies to support the movement, “Black Lives Matter” because of the atrocities perpetuate towards black people

 

 

The Black Lives Matter movement saw people and celebrities across the world flooding social media with deep black square image with the hashtag,

“BlackoutTuesday” as way of mourning George Floyd and protesting against racism and police brutality on Tuesday June 02, 2020.

Many of our celebrities have reprimanded the act of the police officers, national leadership and expressed their disheartening feelings regarding his murder.

They have come together calling for justice for George Floyd and preaching against discrimination and injustice particularly against people of black descent.

The celebrities include, Former US President, Barrack Obama and wife Michelle Obama, Ghanaian president Nana Akuffo -Addo, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lebron James, Meghan Markel, lady Gaga among many more.

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Thursday, June 04, 2020, a private memorial service, led by Rev Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist was held in Minneapolis at North Central University.

The serviced was observed with 8 minutes 46 seconds’ silence, marking the last minutes he spent struggling to breathe.

Our thoughts and prayers are with George Floyed’s family and loved ones

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