Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Americans watched on television the death of a human being at the hands of another one. It is something that should have never happened. But it did. I feel sorry for all of those involved in that terrible nine minutes. Mr. Floyd and the four police officers.
What happened in Minneapolis will eventually proceed into the justice system. Again, I am sure emotions will be high as the trial progresses to a final conclusion. But after that, the scar on America will remain.
In Minneapolis alone, many businesses were destroyed, looted, burned, and for many who worked hard to build for their futures with a business, it is gone.
In America, peaceful protest is accepted, it's in the U.S. Constitution, it's the law, but nowhere does the Constitution allow for the destruction of property during a protest.
However, there is another story that needs to be exposed. No protests occurred, no looting or destruction of property, but where there was a massive loss of life.
So how did this happen? The governors of two states, New York and Pennsylvania, forced nursing facilities into accepting COVID-19 elderly patients from local hospitals. The spread of the COVID-19 virus was like a wind-blown wildfire through the nursing homes, taking the lives of thousands of reasonably healthy senior citizens and those with medical conditions. However, there was no outrage, no violence in the streets.
These governors are not above the law and should be forced to resign from office and possibly be prosecuted for the deaths of so many American citizens who were in a vulnerable situation.
Will they be held responsible, I doubt it, only time will tell.
Ed Van Blaricum