By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
Nearly 1,000 people are killed each year in the U.S. by police bullets. The majority of these people are disadvantaged, poor, black or Latino. US with 330 million population has approximately 2.5 million people in prison, mostly reported from minority non-white groups. That is far more than China which has over a billion population is behind the U.S. with only 1.6 million people in prisons. Turkey with population of 80 million, this figure is even less, around 250,000.
The brutal killing of a black George Floyd, an African-American man who died in police custody in the U.S. city of Minneapolis, was infected with COVID-19 when he died, according to an official autopsy report. The summary of his death on May 25 was classified as a homicide. He was arrested in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on suspicion of paying with a fake $20 bill. The police response to people seems like they want act like judge, jury, and executioner at the same time. It looks like they are trained by hunters and angry violent people.
The 20-page report, released on 3rd June 2020, on agreement by the 46-year-old victim’s family, showed the infection was not related to his death. The diagnosis had been known since April 3, and Floyd “most likely” had no symptoms, the report said.
The autopsy also revealed the victim’s lungs appeared healthy, and he had some narrowing of the arteries of the heart. The news came after the coroner’s report was released on Monday showing that Floyd had died of a heart attack after being restrained by the police officers. Floyd died from asphyxiation and a subsequent heart attack after a policeman pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground for almost nine minutes.
Violence is almost a kind of culture in the U.S. Acquiring arms is seen as a freedom that complements the right to property. Due to looting and arson attacks, however, the course of the incident has already exceeded the limits of police violence or anti-racism protests, so much so that President Donald Trump may call the military in for duty, accusing local government-affiliated police of remaining passive. It is feared that more extensive and violent events may take place at Floyd’s funeral on June 9.
The opposition and anti-Trump mainstream media in the country see out-of-hand events as a useful weapon for the election in November. This dangerous escalation, of course, creates an environment suitable for “professional provocateurs.”
Like Police US soldiers also behave violently and overly aggressive in countries they invaded from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Vietnam and Latin America. When these soldiers come back to US after duty, they suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) resulting in large number of suicides.
More US soldiers have committed suicides than actually killed on the mission. The worst thing is that due to ‘greedy health system’ run by the insurance brokers and bankers humiliate them. They are called ‘boots’ and not treated as soldiering being an honourable profession. But they seem to have just become tools or gangsters of sinister elements with geo-political agenda.
Its time to do the ‘anger management’ of the police, security, judiciary, and soldiers as it will bring down the prison population run by private companies for profit.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 2019 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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