Pelosi presenting special US flag to Floyd family sparks outrage; ‘an insult to our service members’

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Scores of Americans were outraged after seeing a picture of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) presenting an American flag to the family of George Floyd as though he had been killed fighting for the country.

The photo, which was seen posted on various social media sites, was confirmed as genuine by BizPac Review after locating it as part of a collection involving the family of Floyd on Pelosi’s official Twitter feed.

“Philonise Floyd’s heart-wrenching testimony to @HouseJudiciary left its mark on us all. May this flag, which flew over the Capitol on the day of his brother’s murder, serve as a symbol of our shared commitment to securing justice for George & all victims of police violence,” she wrote on her post containing the photo.

Scores of people reacted negatively to the photo after seeing it reposted by another Twitter user.

“If I would have died in the middle East as a contractor, I’m not even sure I could have been shipped home without a charter flight, let alone the honor of getting any kind of military rights and, with a record like this, I wouldn’t have a job,” wrote one user who tweeted a pic of Floyd’s extensive rap sheet in Texas.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Floyd — prior to moving to Minneapolis to allegedly turn his life around — had served time in Texas for armed robbery, as well as having a number of other arrests on his record.

In all, he had five separate stints in jail, according to a Daily Mail investigation that cited criminal and court records.

“The final straw for Floyd came after serving five years in prison in 2009 for aggravated assault stemming from a robbery in 2007 where he entered a woman’s home, pressed a gun into her stomach and searched the home for drugs and money, according to court records,” the news site reported.

Floyd pleaded guilty to the robbery which involved several suspects, including one who posed as a worker for the local water department.

His criminal record dates back to the late 1990s.

And while Floyd may have made some improvements in his life — and did not deserve to be killed at the hands of police — the 46-year-old was being arrested at the time for allegedly passing a phony $20 bill.

And the honor bestowed on his family in his behalf angered Americans who think it was inappropriate pandering.

As Fox News reported, Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, asked Pelosi before his testimony last week before the House whether police reforms would ultimately be passed in the wake of George’s death.

“The question] coming from him — it had power,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “And I had an answer: Yes, it will be passed because the public insists upon it.”

Jon Dougherty

Staff Writer

Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
Jon Dougherty

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