Talk:Killing of George Floyd

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Q1: Does it have to say "white" police officer?
A1: Yes, because almost all reliable sources emphasize the significance of this fact.
Q2: I read some information on the web that isn't in this article!
A2: When proposing anything to be added to the article you need to cite a reliable source; secondary sources are generally preferred over primary.
Q3: This article is biased (for/against), or (whitewashes/blames), (Floyd/police)!
A3: See our Neutral point of view policy. Complaints of bias must be accompanied by specific concerns or suggestions for change. Vague, general statements don't help.
Q4: Why is this article calling it a killing instead of a death/murder?
  • Any time one person causes the death of another – whether intentionally or not, whether criminally or not – that's a homicide. It's a very broad category. Every murder or manslaughter (of any "degree") is a homicide, but not every homicide is a murder or manslaughter. A killing in self-defense is a homicide. Even an execution pursuant to a judicially imposed sentence of death is a homicide.
  • In most US jurisdictions the determination of whether or not a death is a homicide is made by a coroner or medical examiner, as a prerequisite to other legal proceedings.
  • The medical examiner in Floyd's case determined that his death was, indeed, a homicide – or in common American English parlance, a killing. A homicide becomes, legally, a murder or manslaughter only once someone is convicted in court.
Q5: Wasn't Floyd killed near a store called Cub Foods, not Cup Foods?
A5: The store is Cup Foods, and is not affiliated with the Cub Foods store chain.
Q5: Why are we using this particular image at the head of the article?
A5: There have been multiple discussions of the lead image, most of which can be found in Archive 3. The overwhelming consensus is that this is the image that best represents the topic.

Edit suggestion[edit]

In the beginning of the article, George Floyd is described as a black man. What is the point of including his skin colour in the very first sentence? I think "man" would suffice. Tuliodawidserafeimcabral (talk) 21:45, 13 December 2020 (UTC)

Tuliodawidserafeimcabral, if you do not know why George Floyd is described as a black man in the first sentence, then I can only assume that you don't know what made the killing of him notable, and suggest you read the rest of the article. – Muboshgu (talk) 21:56, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
[1][2] O3000 (talk) 21:57, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
In the United States, racism is a very real problem, and the strained relationship between people of color and the police is an old and still relevant problem. That is the context, so mentioning the race of those involved is quite relevant. Also, the fact that the officer who knelt on his neck knew him and still treated him like a worthless animal is good to know. That context says a lot. -- Valjean (talk) 22:31, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
I know the video is ugly,it´s horrific and sad that he lost his life,but this article show a different story that everyone is talking about,so if you have a time(it´s long,but by far is the best article that describes the situation)please read. (talk) 03:00, 14 December 2020 (UTC)
Please don't post links to extremist blogs here. O3000 (talk) 03:10, 14 December 2020 (UTC)
Because RS consider it important.Slatersteven (talk) 10:35, 14 December 2020 (UTC)