In another move to appease the mob, the city of Newark unveiled this new memorial to George Floyd.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) June 17, 2021
LOOK: This 700-pound bronze statue of George Floyd was unveiled outside Newark's City Hall Wednesday in New Jersey pic.twitter.com/jcjHedpmaw
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) June 17, 2021
GEORGE FLOYD STATUE: New Jersey's most populous city paid tribute to George Floyd on Wednesday, unveiling a 700-pound bronze statue in his honor outside Newark's City Hall.https://t.co/xbT82lWoQ0
— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) June 18, 2021
Violent groups like BLM and ANTIFA spent months recklessly destroying monuments and statues to the nation’s greatest heroes.
And they want to replace them with controversial figures like Floyd.
Regardless of your opinion of his tragic arrest, Floyd was clearly not the figure children should be idolizing.
But that’s the core of this cultural revolution playing out in front of our eyes.
It erases the country’s greatest pioneers and replaces them with criminals.
And the mob rewrites history with a grin on their face.
However, not everyone had a positive review of the 700 pound statue.
Wow. I'm at a loss for words. https://t.co/rnuhl1FS9O
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) June 17, 2021
When is the Ted Bundy statue unveiling at the entrance to Florida State? 🥴https://t.co/ovvNnHmGuj
— The Nasty Italian 🇺🇸 (@sayitnspinit) June 17, 2021
New Jersey immortalizing George Floyd with a statue is so disgraceful to the men and women who ACTUALLY contributed to betterment and progress of our society.
— Barrington Martin II (@_BarringtonII) June 17, 2021
Newark, NJ, immortalizes meth and fentanyl addicted career felon. https://t.co/EBSRXI4wVQ
— WindTalker (@nmlinguaphile) June 17, 2021
700-pound statue of George Floyd unveiled in Newark NJ.
Celebration of propaganda and complete degradation of our culture. pic.twitter.com/xFlWZYZUVq
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) June 18, 2021
So appropriate that the statue of meth and fentanyl junkie, and career felon George Floyd in Newark has him wearing a wife beater, since he loved to beat on women. pic.twitter.com/tYuILLQZrJ
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 17, 2021
BLM is worshipping the opioid addict like he's the modern-day Martin Luther King Jr.https://t.co/aFJMr6Pkm0
— Mia Cathell (@MiaCathell) June 17, 2021
Paul Joseph Watson shared his take:
From Eyewitness News:
The city of Newark is paying tribute to George Floyd with a new statue in front of City Hall.
Mayor Ras Baraka, actor and filmmaker Leon Pickney and artist Stanley Watts unveiled the 700-pound bronze statue on Wednesday afternoon.
The statue was commissioned by Pickney, sculpted by Watts, and donated this week to the City of Newark
Floyd’s murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer last year fueled a global movement for racial justice.
“Hopefully when people walk by and they see it, and they participate, hopefully it inspires them to become active in the struggles that are happening right here in Newark and right here in New Jersey,” Baraka said.
The statue will remain outside City Hall for at least one year.
The ceremony also honored Juneteenth.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved African Americans of the Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom.
In a press release commemorating the statue, organizers wrote that “Mr. Floyd’s death elevated the Black Lives Matter movement, which has resulted in an international response, including protests, police reform measures, and the removal of Confederate statues from public parks and racist names from organizations.”
Conservatives, including The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens, have suggested that, while it is terrible that Floyd died and police should be held accountable for their actions, turning him into a martyr is not the best idea.
“The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me. George Floyd was not a good person, I don’t care who wants to spin that. I don’t care how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around,” Owens said in an interview with Glenn Beck last year. “He was just after his sixth or fifth stint in prison.”
In a later post on Twitter, Owens wrote:
Guess my message to little kids would be for them not to idolize men that:
Get high on fentanyl
Get high on meth
Use counterfeit bills
Shove guns into the stomaches of pregnant women while robbing them
Go to prison 5 times
What a truly horrible message I carry.
On April 20, 2021, a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd.
“The judge explained that third-degree murder requires proof Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd’s death by committing an eminently dangerous act that was highly likely to cause death and showed a reckless disregard for human life. To convict Mr. Chauvin of second-degree manslaughter, the jurors would need to conclude that culpable negligence and reckless actions by Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd’s death,” The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.
As The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo reported:
On May 25, Chauvin and three other officers arrested and detained Floyd after he allegedly gave counterfeit money at a convenience store. Following a struggle to get Floyd into the back of a police cruiser, viral video shows that Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck and back for nearly nine minutes to detain Floyd while awaiting paramedics.
Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson argued during the trial that Floyd’s drug use and bad heart were crucial factors in his death, and that Chauvin used reasonable force through an authorized prone hold. The Hennepin County medical examiner revealed that Floyd’s autopsy showed the deceased had potentially lethal levels of drugs in his system.
Chauvin’s attorney plans to appeal the verdict.