Presiden t Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met Tuesday in the Oval Office with the family of George Floyd, the man who died one year ago in the custody of Minneapolis police. The occasion is an opportunity to look at the enormous upheaval the reaction to Floyd’s death has caused in the last year.

First, wall-to-wall media coverage of Floyd’s death gave Americans a distorted picture of the extent of police violence. Unlike Floyd, most people who die in interactions with police are killed by gunfire. And fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians, black or white, are exceedingly rare. As the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald has pointed out, 14 unarmed black people and 25 unarmed white people were killed by police in 2019. That number, 14, represented two-tenths of 1 percent of black homicide victims in that year. It was also down significantly from previous years. And the toll of all those killed, of course, included a significant number of white victims as well as black.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. Contact him at

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During the anniversary gathering in Minnesota, a reporting was doing news then gunfire erupted. There is a criminal element in these protestors BLM and ANTIFA

Floyd was a criminal. He didn’t deserve to die for being one as there was no threat of violence during that ordeal . What’s sad is folks are making a hero out of a criminal. Floyd was no hero


You sir, along with Byron York, are complete idiots. Blaming the victim when the murderer has been convicted. Dog whistles abound in this article. Typical white washed views.


Ok race card native. Calling names shows you are better than this. Did you even read my post? I said he being a criminal and that’s what he is, didn’t warrant his death. Take your paranoid blinders off


Yep I read what you wrote and I stand by my statement. Have a good one!


He is a criminal and committed a crime. The police had a right to try to arrest him but not kill

Only an IDIOT would worship a criminal


Only an idiot would equate naming a law after someone with worship. Laws are usually named after victims. You stated that George Floyd did not deserve to die therefore that makes him a victim of Chauvin; his civil rights were violated. Hence the naming of the law. Quit trying so hard.

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