Let’s debate some of the questions surrounding Mr. Floyd’s death and the responses of various groups, including the African-American community in Minneapolis and the police in Minneapolis. In particular, here are some of the questions phrased as problems and solutions that I propose we debate in this thread, and others that I think are best left for other threads.
- Problem 1. Racist police officers treat minorities, African-Americans in particular, unfairly, which can lead to someone being killed as happened with Mr. Floyd.
Solution 1a. Police departments make it department policy that officers should not be racist. Should an officer be found to express racist views, that would be a fireable offense.
Solution 1b. Police departments should fill their ranks with officers who are trusted members of local communities.
- Problem 2. Protesters are destroying property, looting, etc. and generally harming people who are not directly involved and are possibly even against the situation of having racist officers on police forces.
Solution 2. Focus the anger on those who can do something direct about problem 1. Demand that those who do the hiring for the Minneapolis PD (or any other PD in question) be fired and replaced by people who promise to not hire racist officers. If the person directly in charge of hiring police officers refuses to do so, move the focus up the ranks. Demand the chief of police fire the person / people who do the hiring of police officers. If the chief of police refuses then demand the person / people who hire the chief of police be fired / voted out of office, and move on up the ranks from there if needed.
Items not up for debate and taken as a given for this thread.
The underlying assumption that George Floyd was murdered by a racist police officer.
The fate of the particular officer in question.