As Tawanda Jones has pointed out, the words above are the SAME lies that the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s office said about her brother Tyrone West when he was murdered by the Baltimore Police Department in 2013! This government document literally says that it was George Floyd’s fault he died, that strangulation or asphyxiation — not being able to breathe — had nothing to do with it. They ask us not to believe the evidence of our own eyes when it contradicts the state. They ask us to look at murder and call it an accident or even justified, necessary. This is fascism in action.
It’s easy to look at the current administration and feel like things have gotten worse, and in some ways they surely have, but Obama was president when Tyrone West was killed and it was the same damn story each step of the way, just that no one ever got the video evidence out and an insurrection did not break out in Baltimore then like it is now in Minneapolis. But thanks to Tawanda, Baltimore has not forgotten Tyrone West, and so when we see these details of Floyd’s story and see how they line up, we understand what’s happening all the more clearly.
This cannot stand. Come out tomorrow at 3pm for a nationwide protest being called for by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Baltimore’s will take place in the parking lot across from 2011 N. Charles Street. Details here: https://facebook.com/events/277827780067737
It’s primarily going to be in-car, but there are instructions posted on the event page for where non-drivers can form up. There will be a contingent for Tyrone West.