The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Police across America condemn Minneapolis officer

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/29/20, 12:20 pm

Police chiefs throughout the United States have not held back in describing the death of George Floyd as “brutality” and “deeply disturbing.” Floyd died on Monday in Minneapolis after an officer restrained him by kneeling on his neck. A bystander captured the incident on video, which shows Floyd saying he couldn’t breathe.

What made the reaction so decisive? Police often wait until investigations are complete before publicly speaking on the use of force in arrests, but Floyd’s death has drawn blistering criticism. “This kind of brutality is terrible, and it needs to stop,” said Polk County, Ga., Sheriff Johnny Moats. “All officers involved need to be arrested and charged immediately.” David Roddy, a police chief from Chattanooga, Tenn., tweeted, “There is no need to put a knee on someone’s neck for NINE minutes.” Few officers attempted to justify the actions of the police in the video. “When bad things happen in our profession, we need to be able to call it like it is,” Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Emily Belz’s report on racial tensions in New York City after the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

Read more from this writer


You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 05/30/2020 09:57 am

    I don't think there is anybody out there who supports police brutality so why is there all the protesting? The belief that police officers are killing blacks in higher percentages than any other race is pure false but people push this narrative for their own political agendas.  Let us wake up and push against those who would create anarchy and hurt the black community by destroying the businesses that serve them! 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sun, 05/31/2020 08:31 pm

    When police brutally rough up people in arrests for no honest reason, even when these officers are brought to trial, there is rarely, very rarely, any justice. There is no accountability. Most often police are exonerated for the deepest acts of wanton violence. Nothing changes, and the killings continue. When we examine the statistics we find that proportionately more Blacks are killed than whites--a greater percentage of their population is killed. In raw numbers, yes more whites are killed than blacks, but as a fraction of the total population, Blacks are killed at a rate that is 2.5 times higher than whites. There are far more whites in our country than Blacks. The first link below is a great site with good visuals. The second link also explains how the statistics work. Finally, Wikipedia has a very detailed article that cites sources and provides lots of footnotes backing up its statements.

    BTW, my identification with the feelings of outrage shared by the Black community and with much, if not most of America, right now (including many chiefs of police) does not mean that I would ever participate in a chaotic demonstration of wrecking other people's property. If someone reads around, they discover that the political protests got taken over by vandalism. It always happens that way.

  • CR
    Posted: Sun, 05/31/2020 02:24 am

    West Coast, I find it condescending for you to tell Cyborg3 that the writer "keeps missing the main point". The writer has the right to interpret events according to his own world view, as do you. None of us are fully enlightened on this topic. Matter of fact, the best thing we could do is to listen to each other and learn. God bless both of you.  

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sun, 05/31/2020 09:01 pm

    Re: CR Good point. I'm willing to accept editing. I changed my wording. Thank you. BTW You did the same thing to me.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 12:32 am

    No offense taken by your comments. I think we just have differences in opinion. 

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 12:44 am

    The notion that blacks are treated unjustly is a dishonest narrative propagated by people who want to dismantle America and destroy our great nation. In the very best nations, such as America, there are “bad apples” that will appear from time to time, but this is far from the norm. To put this forward as if it is the norm is grossly unfair and creates a false narrative, that those who hate this nation use to divide us and exploit the gullible.  

    The very sad part of this is that the fatherless, the widow, and the poor are the ones who suffer. If we care about racial harmony and following “true religion” then we will be careful to not to propagate this lie. Why do we want to see black youth kill cops and ruin their lives in the process? The family of the police officer is ruined and the jailed black youth’s life is ruined.

    As we see the looting and anarchy in the streets of the inner cities, the stores are ruined, the economy is ruined and the people who live in those neighborhoods are the ones who suffer. The elderly black man who walks down the street to get his medicine and groceries finds these resources gone. These stores will unlikely reopen and the man will be left in desperate straits. Do we care about justice? Then let us not pass along this false narrative that police are racists out to ruin black lives. 

    Larry Elder is a black man that has pushed back on this false narrative. Listen to this man and I think you get the real story.

    If we care about the black community, then we will not push this false narrative which incites violence against police. We will not allow thugs to loot local communities, commit arson, destroy local businesses, and terrorize people. Let us pray that this stops.