9 Minutes in Minneapolis. 13 Minutes in Dallas.  A comparison of George Floyd & Tony Timpa videos.

Two troubled men. Both of them high on drugs. Two cities. Two sets of police officers.

One man is restrained for 9 minutes. The other for 13 minutes. One incident causes a summer of deadly rioting and results in a murder conviction against police officer Derek Chauvin. The other is largely ignored by the national media.

One man was black. The other man was white.

Our legal system is based on equal justice for all.

Equal justice under law is a phrase engraved on the West Pediment, above the front entrance of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. Photo: The author on June 21, 2020. (Photo by Julie Sullivan for WBDaily)

Was equal justice applied in these two cases? You can decide. We watched several videos, searching for the best one to describe the situation with the George Floyd arrest and death in Minneapolis.  This one was posted by the New York Times.

George Floyd repeated: “I can’t breathe.”

The Dallas Morning News posted a narrative with video of the Tony Timpa arrest and death.

Tony Timpa repeated: “You’re gonna kill me.”

Please watch and compare. Make your decision based on these and other questions.

  1. Did Derek Chavin actually murder George Floyd?
  2. Was Floyd already in distress when police arrested him?
  3. Did George Floyd overdose on drugs?
  4. Was Chauvin guilty of manslaughter rather than murder?
  5. Assess the actions of the Dallas police.
  6. Did they murder Tony Timpa?
  7. Did Tony Timpa overdose on drugs?
  8. Why did the George Floyd case create a national sensation?
  9. Who profited from the George Floyd case?
  10. Was justice done in the Tony Timpa case?
  11. Why didn’t the Timpa case create a national sensation?
  12. What part did race play in the outcome of each case?

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Lynn Woolley is a Texas-based author, broadcaster, and songwriter. Follow his podcast at https://www.PlanetLogic.us. Check out his author’s page at https://www.Amazon.com/author/lynnwoolley. Order books direct from Lynn at https://PlanetLogicPress.Square.Site. Email Lynn at lwoolley9189@gmail.com.

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