“That’s not a chip on my shoulder, that’s your foot (knee) on my neck.” – Malcolm X pic.twitter.com/Wr1ahQaAyu
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) May 30, 2020
This is a horrifying photo and a terrible situation for the onlookers. What do you do?
After thinking about the situation for a couple of days, I realized ALL the emergency services could have been called (911) and this could well have saved George Floyd.
Requesting the fire department:
There’s a man trapped under a car, he can’t breathe. He appears trapped underneath a knee. It appears to be a police officer’s leg but the situation suggests that it may be someone impersonating a police officer – I don’t know. In any case, it’s an urgent life-threatening situation.
Requesting the police:
We think there’s someone impersonating a policeman – we don’t know. We’re too afraid to intervene into a possible homicide taking place. Even if it is a police officer, it is not just a neck but someone’s rights being crushed to death. In any case, it’s an urgent life-threatening situation.
Requesting an ambulance:
There’s a man dying due to suffocation. His airways are blocked by someone’s knee pressing against his neck. In any case, it’s an urgent life-threatening situation.
Interestingly, there is a story in the bible regarding Moses killing an Egyptian slave master and that is something to think about. What would Moses have done?