It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: George Floyd’s death was tragic and our collective hearts around the country break for him and his family members. Skin color aside, nobody deserves to have their life taken from them in such a devastating and traumatizing final moment.
Protesting his untimely and unfair death was expected and even encouraged — it’s what America is all about. We are granted the freedom to peacefully assemble and express our frustrations — and thank God for that right.
But as we have all witnessed over the past week or so, mostly via television, mobile phone and computer screens — protests in the name of George Floyd turned ugly. And violent. And, unfortunately, deadly for some.
Even worse, the “protests” — which quickly morphed into full-scale riots in dozens of American cities — in a sad, ironic twist, left many more African-American families with one less family member. That is absolutely unacceptable and the fact that you aren’t seeing the names of these people on most of the mainstream media is nothing less than shameful.
Thanks to Breitbart’s compilation of this tragically sad data, I’m posting this so that we will remember how these “protests” didn’t really change a thing and, in fact, worsened the situation for many.
RIP David Dorn
This one hit close to home, as I live right outside of St. Louis, MO. Dorn, 77, was a career, high-ranking police captain in St. Louis. He was unfairly murdered by looters when he responded to reports of looting at a pawn shop. His completely unfair death was a direct result of rioting.
RIP David Patrick Underwood
The 53-year-old Underwood, a contract federal security officer who was doing his very best to guard life and property during riots in Oakland, California, was murdered on May 29. He was a good man who was simply doing the job he was hired to do — and paid the ultimate price as a result.
In a tribute to Underwood on Facebook, his sister pleaded with the public “The violence must stop.”
RIP Italia Marie Kelly
This beautiful woman — a peaceful protester — was leaving a protest in Davenport, Iowa and made the decision to leave as the crowd began to turn violent. As she was leaving, she was struck by a random bullet — presumably from a violent rioter — which took her life in an instant.
Her aunt described her as “always smiling” and “always laughing.” ““That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way. That is not Italia. She was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room,” her aunt said.
RIP David McAtee
A well known barbecue man in Kentucky, 53-year-old McAtee was another victim of the result of protests-turned-violent. As protests in Louisville began to turn violent on June 1, armed rioters and police exchanged gunfire, with a bullet from the battle striking and killing McAtee.
“We lost a wonderful citizen. David was a friend to many, a well-known barbecue man,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the Associated Press.
RIP Chris Beatty
This young man, only 38-years-old, died a hero’s death on the night of May 31 in Indianapolis, Indiana when he attempted to stop a pair of violent thieves (and rioters) from snatching a woman’s purse.
“You don’t need to do this. There’s a better way,” Beatty said to the thieves, reminding them that there’s always a choice. Instead of heeding Beatty’s sage advice, the thieves shot and killed him on the spot. Beatty was a real estate broker and former college football athlete.