The latest piece by the folks at MAPS:
After George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police, the full autopsy revealed he was infected with COVID-19. Racists and defenders of the police have attempted to use this fact to distract from the overt brutality of the cops that killed him. But the presence of both the virus and police violence is not contradictory. As the wave of protests and riots sparked by his killing (along with the killings of Tony McDade in Tallahassee, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia) continue to rage in the face of heavy police and military repression, the convergence of these two vectors of racialized premature death—the virus and police violence—serves as an important reminder that the pandemic also continues to exact its deadly toll. Continue reading.