Whilst George Floyd may not be the martyr he is indirectly portrayed as in various media outlets, to say that his murder is not symptomatic of wider issues is nonsensical. The police officers who arrested him were wrong for the methods they employed and were charged as such. Moreover, this instance of police brutality is not an anomaly. There are cases of police brutality right across America and George Floyd’s murder was the tipping point. Although Floyd is was not a model citizen, there are those who have suffered at the hands of the police who were not criminals. Breonna Taylor was a law-abiding citizen who was killed by officers who did not follow protocol. Yes people make mistakes in various walks of life and in various fields of work, but when your mistakes result in the death of innocent people there should be a higher standard and tougher consequences. George Floyd himself should not be immortalised as a beacon for the black community but the circumstances surrounding his murder need to be addressed if America ever hopes to rectify the racism steeped in its society.