Congressional Dems Take a Knee in Honor of Career Criminal George Floyd By Debra Heine • June 8, 2020
Clad in African stoles and facial masks, congressional Democrats “took a knee” for nearly nine minutes Monday morning in honor of career criminal George Floyd.
“We are here to honor George Floyd,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. “We will have a moment of silence, actually eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in honor of George Floyd and so many others who lost their lives or were abused by police brutality.”
Pelosi didn’t stipulate whether Democrats were kneeling for all races of Americans who have fallen victim to police brutality, or only black victims. Although blacks commit a disproportionate number of violent crimes compared to other races, there were only ten cases in which unarmed blacks were fatally shot by the police in 2019. That same year there were nineteen cases where unarmed whites were fatally shot by police.
In addition to Pelosi, those who participated included Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who remained standing presumably due to health issues.
“Every American should try to stand in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds to acknowledge the pain of George Floyd and the pain of racism,” Schumer said.
The Democrats’ moment of silence honoring Floyd, lasted 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck, leading to his death.
Floyd’s violent criminal history included drug abuse, theft, criminal trespassing, and an aggravated robbery in which he invaded a pregnant woman’s home and pointed a gun at her stomach while looking for drugs and money.
At the time of his last confrontation with the police, he was under the influence of fentanyl and had methamphetamine in his system.