Americans were shocked and appalled last week after video footage emerged showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd as he lay dying. But sadly, Floyd isn’t the only one to have fallen victim to violence over the last several days.
Protests over Floyd’s death have quickly turned into riots in a number of American cities — and churches, cars, and businesses haven’t been the only casualties. On Tuesday, Breitbart published an article that cataloged nearly a dozen people who have been killed in the unrest that has followed Floyd’s alleged murder.
They include Patrick Underwood, a 53-year-old Federal Protective Service officer who was fatally shot Friday while monitoring a protest near the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, California, according to NBC News. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf spoke to reporters about Underwood’s killing during a press conference on Saturday.
“Last night in Oakland, California, an assassin cowardly shot two Federal Protective Service contractors as they stood to watch over a protest,” Wolf said, according to NBC.
Oakland Police Chief Susan Manheimer also addressed the shooting, telling a local ABC affiliate that the attack was “a targeting of uniformed officers.”
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, veteran lawman David Dorn was discovered dying of a gunshot wound on the sidewalk outside of a pawn shop early Tuesday. According to ABC News, the 77-year-old “retired from the St. Louis Police Department in 2007” before becoming chief of a small police force in rural Missouri.
“We want him to go to court”
Breitbart also reported that 22-year-old James Scurlock was shot to death in Omaha on Saturday in a confrontation with a local bar owner. Prosecutors have elected not to charge the shooter, citing video evidence indicating that he acted in self-defense, according to KETV in Omaha.
However, Scurlock’s father, James Scurlock Sr., disagrees with the decision. “Last night, I lost a son,” he told the Omaha World-Herald, as Breitbart reported. “My kids lost a brother. His daughter lost a father… We want them to go to court.”
Breitbart also mentioned the killing of Louisville, Kentucky restaurant owner David McAtee on Monday during a confrontation with police. The city’s chief was fired after it was revealed that the officers who were said to have opened fire on McAtee and others nearby had their body cameras switched off, according to Axios.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Officer Shay Mikalonis sustained serious injuries on Monday night after an assailant shot him in the back of his head. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that as of Thursday afternoon, Mikalonis remains in critical condition.
For his part, President Donald Trump has called on state and local leaders to crack down on the violence, which he has alleged is largely coming from outside groups “that have nothing to do with George Floyd.”
The National Guard is ready! https://t.co/AifVRgWOlM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020