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MARIO for NC SENATE

His Name Was George Floyd

Friday, May 29, 2020 1:25 PM

By Mario J. Lomuscio

Like most Americans, I had the supreme displeasure of watching a man lose his life earlier this week. An officer of the law (someone we are supposed to trust to protect us) pinned that man’s throat to the pavement under the weight of his knee until that man drew his last breath. His name was George Floyd and I can’t stop seeing his face. In all candor, I find those words incredibly difficult to write.  

I’ve been told by many people that we as a nation must now come together to have a difficult conversation. Frankly, I don’t see what’s so damn difficult about it. There is right and there is wrong. What I saw in that video wasn’t just wrong, it was disturbing. Let me pause here to say that 99% of our law enforcement officers act with honor and are true blue American heroes. The officers involved here were not. 

To me, this isn’t about politics, it’s not about protests, and it’s not even about police brutality. This is about common decency. It’s about empathy for a fellow human being created in the image of Christ. It’s about honesty. I don’t know the crime for which George Floyd was being arrested, and I don’t care. What I do know is that he didn’t deserve to die for it. I know if that officer had the slightest bit of empathy for a man begging to breathe, he would have moved his knee just three inches back, then George Floyd would still be alive. I know that all four officers involved failed to adhere to standard procedure, and because of that, a man was robbed of his inalienable right to life and to equal justice under the law. These officers will get their day in court. George Floyd will not. That should outrage all of us. 

I’m very relieved to see the speed at which federal, state, and local officials are moving to carry out justice in this case. To see this case being so aggressively pursued, bolsters my faith in our imperfect system and gives me reason to hope.  Justice must be served and I’m confident that it will be. In the meantime, I’m praying for George Floyd and his family, I’m praying for all those in pain over this case, and I’m praying for the healing of our culture.  

Events like this highlight the necessity for us as Americans to come together and live up to our founding principles set forth by our forefathers. Equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal justice under the law, are cornerstones of our Republic. We each have a responsibility to see that the inalienable rights of our fellow man are always preserved; and when those rights are violated, it’s our constitutional duty to boldly stand against the injustice. Dr. Martin Luther King once said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  A fellow American was stripped of God-given rights earlier this week. His name was George Floyd.