Saint Floyd

The murder of George Floyd on May 20, 2020, still brings tears and anger to me—tears because of our nation’s inability to stop racism and anger because I can still see the smirk on Derek Chauvin’s face as he executes a Black man. The next sad image that comes to mind is of the other three police calmly standing by and watching the execution. This incident brought a new low to our country.

As with so many police executions, the people who are sworn to protect and serve are allowed to go free after murdering a person. But this one was different. A huge segment of our country said, “Enough is enough!” There were peaceful demonstrations as well as some angry ones whose participants felt the need to loot, steal, and destroy. One part of me understands how that happens. Oftentimes, anger begets violence. But another part, the much bigger one, says nonviolence is almost always the better approach for resolving issues.

The execution of George Floyd did this.

Police brutality in this country needs to stop. The immediate response was a call to defund the police. With passing time and reevaluation, I might reframe that to “refund the police,” but the important issue brought to the forefront is the role of police in our society. It has to change from urban army to officers of the peace.

The murder of George Floyd did this.

Too many of the laws in this country are aimed at keeping the poor poorer, the prisons full (to make money), lawyers rich, and people of color uneducated and incarcerated. We are now seeing a few lawyers running for office who believe that retributive punishment simply keeps the revolving door of injustice going round and round. They want to change the laws and justice system to stop this charade.

The death of George Floyd has started this ball rolling.

I am involved in a movement called “Christians for the Abolishing of Prisons.” It may sound wacko and utopian, but in the future I want to share some information about this concept. Basically, this movement wants to change the horrendous model of punishment in our society with a model of rehabilitation. I see progressive faith-based religions being the foundation of this idea.

Thanks, George, for helping us open our eyes to how we are failing too many of our citizens, especially those of color. You are a saint in my eyes.

I am reminded of a young Jewish lad who also was executed some two thousand years ago because he threatened people. The religious leaders thought they were rid of that pest, but two thousand later Jesus is still “speaking.”

George Floyd was murdered simply because of who he was. He was a good human being but, like all the rest of us, with a few flaws. I am hoping that like my Jewish friend from Nazareth, who spoke louder dead than alive, George will keep speaking about freedom and justice for all.

Long live the image of my newest saint, George Floyd. I am here to help him do this life-changing work.

Peace Love Joy Hope


Photo courtesy of Chad Davis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

9 thoughts on “Saint Floyd”

    • Thanks, Judie. I keep waiting and hoping that decision-makers will start to realize that how we police in this country is closer to a dictatorship than a democracy. Here in Orange Count as well as LA County, the sheriffs are telling the people that they won’t enforce masking even though the country is mandating it. They don’t help gang members pull away from gangs but push them further into it and on-and-on. St. Floyd needs to stay out in front and keep yelling, “We can’t breathe.”

  1. I think that the Police Response programs need to be changed. When I was an emergency response social worker to abuse of Seniors and the disabled, I was a Laguna Beach police outstation worker a couple of days a week. I rarely responded with the police, and if I did, I either had them wait outside for my signal, or I had the plain clothes detective come in with me.

    I believe that many issues can be better solved by social workers or psychiatric social workers as they are better able, and more successful at, obtaining support services for the people involved. Many reported incidents do not require arrest for criminal activity; they require assistance with getting support services.

  2. I want to believe that the majority of our policemen and police women are good people, but I fear that too many of them are buying into the Big Lie, and the one who started it. I agree with Susan, that Police Emergency Response Teams need to include a social worker. Let’s re-fund the police instead of de-funding the police, making them a Peace Force rather than a Police Force.

    • Thanks George. In the Marines, I was given the rule of thumb that said 10% of every organization is going to mess up. I suspect it is that way in most police organizations BUT there also seems to be a rule of silence in police forces that makes good police become bad police. That rule needs to be abolished. I want to be able to trust the police but they have to earn it. Pax


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