The news is out: [They both died pleading, “I can’t breathe.”
One of them made worldwide headlines, and inspired a social justice movement. The other quickly became a statistic, buried with no one held accountable for his death.
Six years after his death, the family of McKenzie Cochran — a Ferndale man who died when security officers pinned him to the floor at the now-closed Northland Mall — may get the justice they have long been seeking in the wake of the George Floyd protest
Like Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, Cochran died at the hands of white security officers who held him face down on a mall floor, including one who said: “If you can talk, you can breathe.”
Cochran died that day. The autopsy said the cause was compression asphyxiation. No charges were filed, his death ruled an accident.
On Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, facing mounting pressure from protesters amid a thundering Black Lives Matter movement, asked the state Attorney General’s Office to review the case.]
Enough black men have been slaughtered, enough black women have been raped, enough black babies have been sacrificed on the altar of white supremacy, enough black families have been destroyed.