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How do we think about the George Floyd murder? Show more Show less
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On May 25 2020, George Floyd was suffocated to death by the police. Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. In chilling footage that would go viral within 24 hours, officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes ignoring Floyd's repeated pleas for him to move. The asphyxiation led to his cardiac arrest. Floyd's death has so far inspired protests across more than 75 US cities, calling for an end to police brutality and institutional racism. The responses to these riots have included state-wide curfews, the threat of military intervention, attacks on the media and civilian arrests. The situation has given rise to a complex debate with commentators arguing over what precisely it has exposed about contemporary America. So, who are these groups, what do they stand for, and why?

This is a structural issue: American gun laws are to blame Show more Show less

The US gun laws mean every police engagement is potentially life threatening. Corrupted by their power over life and death, police feel above the law, which feeds their behaviour and how others respond to them.
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Gun laws increase levels of paranoia on both sides of the law

The current state of gun laws in the US has created, and continuously feeds a state of paranoia that reaches both those in law enforcement and members of the public. It creates a vicious cycle; the laws make it too easy for a member of the public to acquire a firearm, which leads to heightened paranoia in officers that an individual they have stopped is carrying a weapon. This leads to a high rate of police brutality/murder by police, and in turn leads the public to lose trust in the police, and turn to other methods of protection i.e. a gun
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