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🚨 POLL: Is the media pushing a fake narrative?
The head of the Minneapolis police union argued that George Floyd had a “violent criminal history” and that “the media will not air this,” according to The New York Post.
Floyd was sentenced to 5 years in prison back in 2009 for an assault and robbery two years earlier. Floyd had been convicted of multiple other charges, which range from theft with a firearm to drugs. During the 2009 incident, Floyd went to prison after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Floyd was arrested and charged with theft in 1998, and later with drug possession. He was paroled in 2013, after four years at the Diboll Unit in East Texas.
“What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd. The media will not air this,” police union president Bob Kroll said.
Experts reviewing George Floyd’s autopsy confirmed that he had drugs in his system as well severe heart disease when the Minneapolis police officer put a knee to his neck. However, independent experts said the medical problems revealed, including a recent intoxication of fentanyl, methamphetamine and THC, do not change the conclusion that the handcuffed man’s death was a homicide. Heavy smoking and tobacco use likely contributed to heart disease and other health issues, experts added.
Floyd was allegedly resisting arrest, officers claimed, after trying to pass a phony $20 bill.
Police union president Bob Kroll said the protests that have erupted nationwide as a result of Floyd’s death are the work of a “terrorist movement.”
“This terrorist movement that is currently occurring was a long time build up which dates back years,” Kroll said in his letter of the protests, adding that some of his city’s issues exist because Minneapolis leaders have been “minimizing the size of our police force and diverting funds to community activists with an anti-police agenda.
“Our chief requested 400 more officers and was flatly denied any. This is what led to this record breaking riot,” he said.
“I’ve worked with the four defense attorneys that are representing each of our four terminated individuals under criminal investigation, in addition with our labor attorneys to fight for their jobs. They were terminated without due process,” Kroll wrote.
Political commentator Candance Owens explained, “For whatever reason it has become fashionable over the last five or six years for us to turn criminals into heroes overnight. It is something I find despicable.”
Owens continued, “George Floyd was not an amazing person. George Floyd is being upheld as an amazing human being.”
“We shouldn’t be buying T-shirts with his name on it,” she said. “He was a violent criminal,” she said of Floyd.
Owens added, “Everyone is pretending that this man lived a heroic lifestyle. We are embarrassing in that regard. Nobody wants to tell the truth in black America. Our biggest problem is us.” She concluded the clip by saying, “Anyway, this is just a rant because I have been feeling super, super annoyed by these depictions in society. I have no apologies to make. George Floyd is not my martyr. He can be yours.”
Owens alleged that Floyd was high at the time of his death and pointed to his criminal history. Floyd’s criminal past included spent five years behind bars for robbery and assault. Owens referred to an incident when George Floyd allegedly brutally beat and robbed a pregnant woman in her own home.
“He got into trouble,” Meshah Hawkins said, who was a childhood friend of Floyd’s. “He fell into the things a lot of the guys in the neighborhood were doing.”