Statement by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP
DETROIT – In the words of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.” We agree whole heartedly. Tragically, it is the reality of too many black men across this nation. There are far too many cases of encounters of black men and white police officers that leave us dead. These deaths occur on sidewalks, street corners, grocery stores, sitting in a car, sitting on a couch in your own home, playing in the park, or walking with your child. We die running, walking, talking, not talking, sitting, standing, handcuffed, no cuffs, from the back, or from the front. We die young. We die old. We die in between. The terror of Minneapolis reminds us all of what cold blooded murder looks like. Cold blooded meaning “without emotion, or pity, deliberately cruel, or callous.” Officer Derek Chauvin pins his knee on the neck of George Floyd, with indifference expressed on his face, as Floyd begs for his life “please, please, please, I can’t breathe, please man.” It is clear for any who choose to see that this was a murder. It was without emotion or pity, deliberately cruel and callous. Chauvin pinned him down on the ground like he was a trophy, won on an animal hunt somewhere in the wild. He and the other three officers all violated the sworn oath of the Minneapolis Police Department. The department credo is “To protect with courage. To serve with compassion.”
Click the link — Press Statement — A Cold-Blooded Murder to read the full statement in it’s entirety.