The death of George Floyd, an African-American man in Minneapolis, has caused an uproar across the nation. On Memorial Day, a grocery store employee from Cup Foods accused Floyd of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill and dialed 911. Officers arrested Floyd nearby, pinned him to the ground, and one pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Nearly two weeks after his death, Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the owner of Cup Foods, revealed in a Facebook post that he would no longer involve police officers in nonviolent offenses.
Just like Floyd, “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams was blamed for using fake money at a grocery store. On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, Williams spoke out about the incident in an Instagram comment on The Shade Room in response to Abumayyaleh’s message. “This is BS! An employee at Baha Fresh in LA said I had a counterfeit $100 bill that I just got from the bank. These employees need to be trained better and you don’t call the cops for a $20 bill and it turned out to not be counterfeit either! A life is lost over ignorance SMFH…” she exclaimed.
Many people resonated with Williams’ experience, expressing the idea that Floyd’s death could have been avoided if the employee had never called the police.
“@jenniferwilliams Exactly 💯 all he had to do was not accept the $20 if he felt it was counterfeit end of story and that man would still be here today!”
“@jenniferwilliams right!!! plain ignorance smh.”
“@jenniferwilliams exactly!!!! I’ve witnessed this many of times. My managers never called the police NEVER! They instructed the customer to talk with the bank that issue them the counterfeit. Not once was the police been called in my nearly 3 years as a cashier.”
Derek Chauvin, the officer responsible for holding his knee on Floyd’s neck, was previously charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. On Wednesday, June 3, Chauvin was also charged with second-degree murder. According to an amended complaint, the new charge says he killed Floyd “without intent” in the course of committing assault in the third degree.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, the other three officers at the scene of the crime, were each charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.