George Perry Floyd was a 46-year-old African-American man who was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended Yates High School, where he played on the basketball and football teams. Floyd was a star tight end for Yates, helping them to the 1992 state championship final game. He attended South Florida Community College (now South Florida State College) from 1993 to 1995 and played on the school’s basketball team. Floyd returned to Houston, where he joined the hip hop group Screwed Up Click and rapped under the stage name “Big Floyd.” In 2007, Floyd was charged with armed robbery in a home invasion, and in 2009, he was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal, according to a court document. In 2014, Floyd moved to Minnesota. He lived in St. Louis Park and worked in nearby Minneapolis as a restaurant security guard for five years. At the time of his death, Floyd had recently lost his job due to Minnesota’s stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic. Floyd was the father of two daughters, ages 6 and 22, who remained in Houston.
Derek Michael Chauvin, a 44-year-old white man, had been an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department since around 2001. Chauvin had 18 complaints on his official record, two of which ended in discipline from the department, including official letters of reprimand. He had been involved in three police shootings, one of which was fatal. According to former club owner Maya Santamaria, Floyd and Chauvin both worked as security guards and had overlapping shifts at the Latin nightclub, El Nuevo Rodeo. She said Chauvin had worked there for 17 years, while Floyd had worked at about a dozen events. She said it was not clear if they knew each other but that she did not believe so. Santamaria said Chauvin at times had used overly aggressive tactics that led her to criticize him.
Tou Thao, age 34, attended the police academy in 2009 and was hired to a full-time position with the Minneapolis police in 2012 after being laid off for two years. In 2014, Thao was accused of brutality his arrest of an African-American man resulted in broken teeth and hospitalization. The victim alleged he had been handcuffed and then “punched, kicked, and kneed”. The resulting excessive-use-of-force lawsuit was ultimately settled out of court for $25,000.
Thomas K. Lane, age 37, and J. Alexander Kueng, age 26, were licensed as law enforcement officers in August 2019. Neither had prior complaints on their records.
What is COVID-19 teaching us
COVID 19 teaches us many things. As human beings, we act pass days selfishly. We did not think about animals, forest cover, water, and air. We always think about our comfortable life. We thought we can do everything. But COVID-19 has shown us that we are still small in front of nature.
Nobody guarantee on our life. Our property, our money, our authority power, our relations, and our friends can not help us when nature is going to punish us.
We are living a small period in the world. Who can expect a long life? Can you expect? or Can the latest technology help you for long life? The answer is no.
Do not get stressed out too much. Help others. Keep your smile always. Do not expect too much. Do not try to compare you with others. Do not depend on others. Maintain your style always.
Think always about the environment because you are a part of the environment. You need the environment, as well as the environment, needs you.
One day you will die. it means you change your shape. you act another roll of environment. you will be a wind, you will be a tree, you will be a sand or soil.
We can not live without water, air, and sunlight. The environment gives us water, air, and sunlight free of charge because we are part of the environment.
But we do not think that we are part of the environment. that’s why we work against the environment.
The economics models that we practices are not valid further with COVID-19. The environment now pushes us for going eco-friendly economic model.
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