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A dying man’s sacred invocation As another unarmed black man takes his final breaths, he calls out to his mother — as so many people tend to do

May 31, 2020 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

The video frame of George Floyd on Facebook, handcuffed on his stomach as a Minneapolis police officer presses his knee into Floyd’s neck, feels narrowed.

Floyd lies immobilized, groaning on the pavement as cars rush by, police radios beep and bystanders gather, yelling that Floyd’s nose is bleeding, that he is subdued, cursing and entreating the officers. “Let him breathe, man!” one bystander yelled.

“Please, man!” Floyd begs as he is ground into the pavement. His pleas ...