Vikings are “deeply saddened” by the murder of George Floyd

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On Monday night, Minneapolis police officers murdered a man named George Floyd.

And, yes, they murdered him. Some may object to the characterization given the blunt, hard candor of the term, but there’s no other way that any fair-minded person can view the video of a police officer consistently and persistently burying his knee into the neck of a man who eventually died due to the restriction of oxygen resulting from the placement of that knee onto his neck.

The Minnesota Vikings have issued a statement regarding the murder of George Floyd.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Monday evening just blocks from our stadium,” the team said Wednesday. “Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe. Our thoughts are with the George Floyd family and all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy.”

Kudos to the Vikings for calling it what it was. Although the team stopped short of calling it a murder (which it was) the full extent of the statement makes clear the organization’s belief that a man who was alive on Monday should still be alive today and that, but for the actions of men who believe that badges give them the authority to brutalize citizens suspected of petty wrongdoing and who pose no obvious or apparent physical threat to the police officers or anyone, George Floyd would still be alive.

The video is clear. It’s unmistakable. There is nothing to be taken out of context or to be misconstrued. George Floyd had been disabled by the police officers, and yet they continued to apply extreme and unnecessary force that ultimately proved to be lethal.

How many examples of this kind of behavior must we witness before we collectively stand up and scream, “Enough!”?

This is precisely the type of misconduct that Colin Kaepernick peacefully protested, pointing out that too many police officers lack the training or the skills or the experience to understand the limits of their authority over American citizens who deserve, at a minimum, to not emerge from an encounter with law enforcement dead.

Dead, without due process. Dead, without a finding of guilt or any type of a sentence issued by a court of competent jurisdiction. Dead, without anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time when dealing with the wrong persons to possess and to wield power over others.

Making the incident even more chilling is the fact that it was captured on video, and that the officers knew it was being captured on video. If such brazen deeds will unfold when those perpetrating it are being recorded, what happens when there’s no risk of being held accountable by audio and visual evidence?

Every American, regardless of political beliefs or predispositions, should be horrified by what happened to George Floyd. The Declaration of Independence, the 244th anniversary of the signing of which we will commemorate in just a few weeks, stands for so much more than that.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

George Floyd was deprived of each of those three fundamental American rights, for no apparent reason. If this incident does not spark the kind of change for which Kaepernick sacrificed his career as an NFL quarterback, what will?

85 responses to “Vikings are “deeply saddened” by the murder of George Floyd

  1. Yep. Florio has it right. Abuse of authority for sure. Anyone abusing their authority needs to be held accountable. These cops, governors locking down states unsupported by data, anyone…that abuses authority needs to be canned and in this case charged with homicide. What’s up with some cops?? Not all, but probably more than people realize. Just awful.

  2. Great job on this article Florio!! It is a tragedy and those men need to be held accountable. RIP Mr. Floyd.

  3. I grew up in the civil rights era and thought we were on the road to a fair and equal society. Now here we are, over half a century later, and it doesn’t look like we’ve made any progress at all.

  4. I hope every NFL player kneels this season in memory of George Floyd. This is what Colin Kaepernick has been black-balled from the NFL to protest. There is no universe where this is okay. To be able to just ignore these things and “focus on football” is white privelege. Black people in this country don’t have the ability to forget about the very real threat they face to their lives in every waking moment of their life, and NFL fans should be reminded of this until we as a society stand up against this systemic oppression.

  5. A criminal in a police uniform! I just wonder what else this coward got away with over the years.

  6. Mr. Florio, I commend you for calling it as it is. You don’t even have to be a Kaepernick fan, and you can robustly respect the majority of police officers who serve honorably and bravely, to see this was indeed a killing of man who was treated with extreme and unnecessary cruelty. Those of us in the majority have to drop the foolish denial that a persistent minority of law enforcement personnel are racist and reckless. It is plain as the light of day here. This man should be alive today to answer what appears to be a simple forgery charge and be accountable for exactly and only that. The officer on his neck needs to be charged. We all have to stop denying this pattern.

  7. I remember being so naive years ago thinking there was no way police officers could be murdering minorities. Now I feel sad and ashamed I didn’t believe it.

  8. Watching the video is sad and frustrating at the same time, that cop was definitely an out of control idiot.

  9. Cue the people who ask “well what happened before the video?”. It does NOT matter. He was restrained. Under control. No threat to anyone. At that point you cuff him and stand him up.

  10. Anyone that calls this anything less than murder needs their head, eyes, and heart examined. All four should be facing charges, the one who killed him and the three who stood there and let it happen.

  11. Thank you for this, Mike. Refreshing when professionals stand up for the values they believe in, even when said stand could alienate a part of their fan base, readership, etc.

  12. Horrified at the complete indifference showed toward the life of a human being.

  13. Maybe the Vikings should refuse the money that the city of Minneapolis is paying for the stadium due to this tragedy.

  14. Can’t bring myself to watch this video. Another incident of a POC being unjustly targeted and murdered. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this senseless tragedy.

  15. George was no threat to anyone. He was lying on the pavement. Not even moving. And the cop literally sniffed his life out.

  16. I love and respect police. I have many relatives in the police force. I do not like when Colin depicted em as pigs. But it seems to me they are taught to be aggressive. We don’t see these loss of life situations in other countries. This is horrible. Specifically in African American communities. What can be done? In other countries most police forces aren’t armed .

  17. Too many police forces are becoming militarized and getting away from community policing. Mix that with poor training and you end up with this train wreck. All 4 officers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

    And on another note, the Thin Blue Line needs to stop protecting these idiots. Good cops need to get bad cops off the job. They know who they are but the culture of protecting their own is so pervasive cops like this are allowed to operate and that needs to end.

  18. I cannot add anything to what Mike Florio wrote but say I agree with every word of it. It’s a disgrace to the life of George Floyd and our Constitution. I hope justice in the end will be served for Mr. Floyd!

  19. It was a horrible thing to watch and almost impossible to understand. The police departments and their overseers….governors, mayors, district attorneys had better get these officers under control because very soon when bystanders see things like this, they are going to intercede and then all hell is going to break loose. The sad fact is we need organized police forces but they, like any other government organization, need to do the bidding of the people, not the government. I could feel my face flush with rage as I watched the video. I don’t know if I would have done anything to help the man, probably not, but…..when do we start defending our se elves and others when we know what we are seeing is so wrong? My sympathies to George Floyd’s family. The rest of us can only hope his death was not in vain.

  20. When can we as a people (all races) start recognizing this for what it is -murder-
    And stop letting arguments as to why, how , etc misdirect us from the real tragedy here..a man was murdered.. that’s the sum of the equation no matter what your race , political affiliation, religion ..etc ..police brutality needs to stop. All of us must focus on this without letting the things that separate us from clouding up the truth

  21. The most anger inducing part of this is that they put out a narrative of him resisting arrest. Then the security footage comes out and shows that he didn’t resist. Why man? Just why? Also why hasn’t there been any charges filed. If a citizen did something like, they would have been charged.

  22. I agree Florio! People watched that sort of thing on “Cops” and applauded it. It made me sick!

  23. I grew up there. I wouldn’t go back. That place has been teetering on the edge for a decade and this guys death was the last straw. Riots will only get worse as the weekend approaches. Got a feeling a lot of kids are declining their offers to the U of M this week.

  24. I often find myself on the opposite side of Mike on social,issues. He is absolutely correct. There is no other conclusion that can be reached. This is absolutely disgusting and an abhorrent overstep of the police’s use of force. It is a tough job, a necessary job, but common sense must always be used even when passion and adrenaline are running high. What an absolute tragedy and unforgiveable miscarriage of justice. RIP.

  25. It was murder, but the looting is just plain theft. What did Auto Zone and Target have to do with the Minneapolis Police?

  26. In agreement with the article, except for the Kaepernick mentions. As for the officers, what level of ignorance must one possess that they would continue the abhorrent behavior knowing full well they were being videoed and also knowing what has happened in past instances of this type of brutality caught on film? It boggles the mind.

  27. your assessment of the situation is accurate and your outrage seems genuine. Unfortunately your thoughts, prayers, sadness and horror will be on repeat when it happens again next week. Until this country deals with it’s underlying hypocrisy it will be so. Kaep did a good thing. Certain people can dance and deflect all around it, but it was on point. I am a survivor of color in america. presidents, police and policies have not kept me from living a decent existence. By no means do I pat myself on the back or feel I deserve a pat on the back. I feel I’m just lucky.
    ….and that’s sad.

  28. Nice move by the Vikings. They issued a carefully worded but appropriate statement on this horrible situation. Glad they did, it clearly shows their hearts are in the right places. I really like it when the NFL shows humanity and class.

  29. That cop should spend the rest of his life in prison. The bystanders were calling him out, saying he wasn’t responding anymore, blood was coming from his nose, then when the ambulance comes, that same cop yanks the handcuffed man onto the stretcher like he was tossing a ball. He’s lucky street justice wasn’t performed. Happy that all 4 lost their jobs, but much more needs to be done in this case.

  30. Thanks Mike, for calling it what it is (murder). And for those who give thumbs down, what if the victim was a friend or family member of yours? Sad world we live in.

  31. It’s sad that the lack of surprise when I first saw the video. If you’re paying attention at all with all the forms of media these heinous crimes are happening almost daily.

  32. Mike – I looked for your take yesterday, you’re a voice of reason. Well said man.

  33. bartpkelly says:
    May 27, 2020 at 9:58 pm
    Saddened, frustrated, angry, confused, disappointed. What a tradgedy

    Another tragedy is that your statement got so many negative hits. Stuff like this keeps happening because there’s a lot of devils walking amongst us. I mean how can anyone disagree with your statement?

  34. I live in Minneapolis and things are out of control. Multiple burned buildings, looting, vandalism. I don’t understand what is taking them so long to arrest that coward. This won’t stop until justice is served. I don’t believe they understand that. It’s a sad, scary situation

  35. All of it in broad daylight with bystanders pleading with the Police who knew they were being filmed.

  36. So after watching the video, this is very very disturbing to say the least. These officers, especially the one that used the excessive force should be arrested and charged with manslaughter.
    I don’t think the intent was to kill Mr Floyd but definitely was uncalled for.
    He will be arrested and the family will file a HUGE lawsuit and will win it.
    Terrible shame to him.
    But let’s not forget that all police officers are not like this idiot.

  37. hinglemccringleberry says:
    May 28, 2020 at 8:59 am
    So after watching the video, this is very very disturbing to say the least. These officers, especially the one that used the excessive force should be arrested and charged with manslaughter.
    I don’t think the intent was to kill Mr Floyd but definitely was uncalled for.
    He will be arrested and the family will file a HUGE lawsuit and will win it.
    Terrible shame to him.
    But let’s not forget that all police officers are not like this idiot.
    ===========================

    Obviously not all police officers are like that and any reasonable person knows and accepts that fact.

    But how this cop or any other cop could feel that this was just protocol/acceptable is beyond me. Especially with constant knowledge of the anti-police mindset so many have in the US nowadays coupled with the fact that it’s 2020 and people look for ANY reason to video record any and everything.

    I don’t know how PD’s nationwide haven’t completely revamped training and protocol, but it clearly needs to happen more than ever, with cops like this guy going from zero to overreaction in mere moments. It’s inexcusable and should’ve never reached this point. I can’t think of any other explanation for an officer who has a suspect cuffed and face down…and STILL just chills with his knee pressed on the back of his neck without a care in the world, ignoring any and all incoming pleas to relieve pressure because he can’t breathe.

    The cop earned whatever murder or like-charge/conviction that is hopefully incoming.

  38. Cop kneeling on a guy’s neck is precisely why Kaepernick symbolically kneeled during the national anthem, and why Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists.

    USMC Vet 2000-2009

  39. Because of cops like this, the word of police officers cannot be trusted. Fortunately a bystander was there with a camera. Otherwise, the cop and his fellow officers would have spun a different tale and gotten away with it. Any jurisdiction that does not supply its officers with body-cams and require them to be turned on is doing its citizens a disservice.

  40. I think pretty much everybody is saddened by what happened to George Floyd. That does not excuse what the “protesters” are doing. Looting a target, burning buildings and trying to harm the police is not okay.

  41. Thank you Mike for saying what a majority of the American public feels! This NEVER should had happened – EVER!

  42. They better prosecute all of those cops and they should all get the max sentence for their charges. Anything less than that is going to result in a Rodney King type riot in Minneapolis and the city doesn’t deserve that.

  43. kcflake says:
    May 28, 2020 at 9:41 am
    I think pretty much everybody is saddened by what happened to George Floyd. That does not excuse what the “protesters” are doing. Looting a target, burning buildings and trying to harm the police is not okay.
    ================
    Those people who are looting and destroying are not protesters. They are criminals. I would imagine that the true protesters, the ones who march peacefully and call for justice, detest these criminals.

  44. Thank God the President is taking the lead on this. At least the real truth will be found and the truly guilty will be punished now

  45. That was hard to watch. I can’t believe in this day and age that we are still dealing with these situations. May this man rest easy and may the rest of us start trying to understand our fellow man a little better and heal our biases toward one another. Peace be with you all.

  46. We really need to learn all the facts of this situation, rioting and looting local businesses is not the answer.

  47. Most Americans agree rioting isn’t the answer, just as most Americans don’t believe any serious overhaul of policing should ever take place.

  48. This story is absolutely correct.
    It’s truly shameful what ultimately happened to George Floyd.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, though I fully realize that’s of little solace without any meaningful change.
    Change is definitely needed throughout this nation from the ground up.
    And hopefully, one day, these kind of stories will be anomalies, instead of business as usual.

    Though the Vikings organization put out a very nice statement, I can’t help but wonder why they never could extend the same heartfelt consideration to Korey Stringer and his family.
    Instead team officials outright lied about him, insinuating he took a harmful, banned substance that contributed to his death.
    A fact a toxicology report would ultimately refute.
    They victim-blamed that young man to deflect their own culpability in his unfortunate demise, and in the end, it worked.
    Nobody was ever held accountable, or even reprimanded and the organization got away with sullying his reputation.
    Revolting.
    It was so disgraceful, his widow refused to acknowledge any of the overtures the team extended to her for almost 20 years.
    And who could honestly blame her?

  49. All the LEO’s present watching this go down should also be charged with murder…In some states if you participate in a crime and someone is injured or killed you are just as responsible for that death as if you did it yourself!

  50. Seeing a photo of the same cop standing near Trump at the Minneapolis rally while smiling and proudly wearing his MAGA shirt, tells us all we really need to know.

    Really.

  51. tonyzendejas says:
    May 28, 2020 at 1:03 pm
    Most Americans agree rioting isn’t the answer, just as most Americans don’t believe any serious overhaul of policing should ever take place.
    ============================

    Point taken…my personal belief is that outage is warranted 100% and I understand to a reasonable extent those who acted out…

    …but if you are one of those who ends up walking out of target with a television in your hands, or were video’d trying like crazy to break in to the store’s safe (which one guy was), don’t you dare turn around and claim grief/frustration/etc. when called out on it.

  52. What in the world does this have to do with Korey Stringer?
    The ignorance and uneducated cheeseheads are being obnoxious.
    Check your facts before making up false narratives that have nothing to do with the current situation.

  53. Minnesota police…let’s recap: Motorist shot and killed because he informed police officer he had a license for the gun in his car, so the cop panicked and killed. Now this one. When will it ever end.

  54. NewsFlash… this happens to people of ALL color not just minorities… you just never hear about it.

  55. I’d really like to see more Viking fans take a break from their busy looting schedule to comment on this well written article.

  56. If arrest and murder charges were made in a timely manner a 3 day riot and more loss of life could have been avoided. I am confident the sorry S.O.B. using the knee will be charged with murder eventually.

  57. kcflake says:
    May 28, 2020 at 9:41 am
    I think pretty much everybody is saddened by what happened to George Floyd. That does not excuse what the “protesters” are doing. Looting a target, burning buildings and trying to harm the police is not okay.
    ___________________________________________-
    …not once did you mention the police action. all you can fix your mouth to condemn is protesters. Violence begets violence.
    #DEFLECTION

  58. My sympathies to Mr. Floyd and his family.
    This is a true tragedy, just another tick of this country’s neverending clock of systematic racism..
    Unfortunately, nothing dishonors a person’s memory more than a public, or fan base, that feel free flat screens and Iphones are a respectable response and form of protest.

  59. They should’ve parked four semi-trailers at each corner of the largest nearby lot, and fill each one with flat screen TV’s, microwave ovens, X-box consoles, and electric bicycles. Let them have all of it. Bring more the next night. It would net less than $1M and certainly be better than losing $180M in structures and businesses.

    Give the people what they want.

    I support the legitimate protesters 100%.

  60. Wafflestomp says:
    May 28, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    This story is absolutely correct.
    It’s truly shameful what ultimately happened to George Floyd.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, though I fully realize that’s of little solace without any meaningful change.
    Change is definitely needed throughout this nation from the ground up.
    And hopefully, one day, these kind of stories will be anomalies, instead of business as usual.//////

    This was enough and made sense to the content. Then you blew as usual trying to get a dig in @the Vikings and fan base bringing up Kory Stringer out of left field with bad info. Let it go the constant negative comments on Vikings stories. waffle

  61. All lives matter. True true. Here’s the question; is it about rogue cops or is it about racism?

  62. I live in San Diego and protesters burned down a Von’s grocery store…ugh I wish the “fake” protesters wouldn’t destroy and loot because their actions are seriously causing no one to hearing what the real protesters’ message is. So much good could come from this nationwide protest if cities weren’t getting destroyed.

    But I hope everyone stays safe tonight on both sides of the line that they may be on…I just don;t want anymore people to lose their life.

  63. Hopefully US Bank Stadium burns down so the Vikings relocate to St. Louis or San Diego.

  64. pack13queens0 says:
    May 31, 2020 at 8:40 pm
    Hopefully US Bank Stadium burns down so the Vikings relocate to St. Louis or San Diego.

    Okay, sorry I said that, but I would love them to relocate though.

  65. Casca’s friend says:
    May 29, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Not all police officers are bad.///

    Very true but too many of them are and they make the whole lot look bad.

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