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What About the Others?

W. Scott Cole

Posted on July 3, 2020 22:20

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I have been refraining from writing about it for several reasons, but it is time to ask the question: What about the others who died on the day the police murdered George Floyd? Where are the protests over their needless deaths? Almost nothing has been reported about them in the national media. Here are two of their stories.

The first death on the day George Floyd died was at 1:30 a.m., Central Time. Joe Louis Castillanos, 38, was a decorated Marine who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He returned to his home near Houston with severe PTSD. He was out carrying a shotgun, threatening to kill himself, when his wife of 13 years called 911 and told the dispatcher she needed help talking him down. The "help" she received consisted of the police killing him in front of his wife and two daughters. Police say he threatened them with the shotgun. His wife says it remained pointed at the ground all through the incident. According to the family lawyer, the cause of death was multiple gunshots in the back, after Joe had turned and started walking away from police.

The second death occurred at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Dion Johnson was 28 years old when police found him sleeping in his car. According to the police report, there were beer cans scattered across the floorboards. The officer retrieved a handgun from the passenger seat, then woke Dion. He immediately reached for the officer's gun, who then shot him in self defense. Dion was a warehouse worker who planned to return to school and study music. He had a couple of minor brushes with the law, but had always treated police and any other authority figure with utmost respect, according to his mother. A video from a traffic camera shows Dion laying on the road after the shooting with two officers holding him on the ground. He was in handcuffs and trying to get up. An ambulance is sitting just yards away, yet it was almost six minutes before medics approached to tend to him. The camera does not show the shooting and to this day, the family does not know the name of the officer who pulled the trigger.

All in all, there were 12 people killed by police on the day George Floyd died. Some of them had legitimate grounds for police to claim they were justified killings. As you can see from the two stories here, at least some of them raise serious questions.

There were local protests in Phoenix over the death of Dion Johnson. There were no protests over the death of Joe Louis Castillanos. Why are their names not as well known as George Floyd's? A clear video of George Floyd's death can't be the reason. There is clear video of a six minute delay before Dion Johnson was allowed to be tended by medics. Police were holding him down, and according to one family member, he was kicked in the back by one officer during that six minutes.

There is no video of Joe Louis Castillanos' death, but if he was walking away from police, what justification was there to shoot him? Especially in front of his wife and children.

There is very little to no outrage over these needless deaths. Why is that?

W. Scott Cole

Posted on July 3, 2020 22:20

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