To the Editor:

Earlier this month marked the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

I’m sure most of America is in agreement that Mr. Floyd didn’t deserve to die for the relatively minor infractions he was accused of.

In watching YouTube videos of what happened that day, it’s hard to understand how things went so far as to result in Floyd’s death.

Once handcuffed, it should have been pretty straightforward to put Mr. Floyd in the police vehicle, transport him and book him.

How it became complicated confuses me.

I have and continue to support law enforcement. I will never understand how 19-year veteran police officer Derek Chauvin could just throw his career away, and risk his own freedom as well as that of his fellow officers.

I was saddened to hear the guilty verdict being read recently at Chauvin’s trial.

Sentencing will be held in June. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison. It’s possible he may never be a free man again.

Since Floyd’s death, legislation has been introduced to help reform police practices.

Only one item really caught my attention. And that is that police officers intervene when they see a fellow officer crossing the line.

This is a no-brainer. Even if it doesn’t become law.

Had just one officer had to the courage to say, “That’s enough! Let’s get him up!”, the outcome would have been completely different.

But until I’ve walked a mile in his shoes, I will not judge a police officer without having all the facts.

Bill Paquette


(1) comment


How about not resisting arrest. That will always end badly.

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