Regarding the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial

This afternoon, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts of murdering George Floyd. I planned to write a post later about it, but meanwhile I read Brendan’s piece, and … well, I couldn’t have said it any better, so I am re-blogging his. Thank you, Brendan.

Blind Injustice

The George Floyd Mural in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Like with many people in the United States, and across the world, my heart was beating at a mile a minute as the judge in the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial read the verdict on all three counts:

Guilty.

Guilty.

Guilty.

After I heard the verdict, I was personally relieved. I know many others who feel relieved with the verdict as well, for it meant that George Floyd’s life mattered enough that the police officer who killed him went to prison.

However, in my own humble opinion (humble because I do not have to worry about police on a daily basis like my friends of color do), what we saw today was not justice for George Floyd. Justice would’ve been if George Floyd didn’t get killed at the hands of Derek Chauvin.

Instead, what we got was accountability. Namely, accountability for a chokehold that…

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9 thoughts on “Regarding the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial

    • I’m not worried about it. All the judge actually said was that Ms. Water’s statements might give the defense grounds for appeal, but frankly I don’t expect that to happen, or even if it does, I think he’ll still be found guilty as charged.

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  1. Lets hope someone now starts to address the systemic racism in all it’s manifestations. The Republican party could make a start by dropping these planned changes in law intended to deprive P/o/C of their right to vote. If changes aren’t made at the top then those further down the ladder will think they don’t have to either.
    Cwtch

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    • Well, today Attorney General Merick Garland announced that the Justice Department is launching a wide-scale investigation into the Minneapolis police department to determine whether there is consistent use of excess force, and it is hoped that this will lead to changes. I think a similar investigation should be launched in every major city in this country … look what happened yesterday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, when a cop shot and killed a 13-year-old girl. Sigh. Yesterday’s verdict was good news, absolutely, but it’s only a single small step and there is much more to be done. The Republican Party cannot be counted on for anything other than obfuscation, racism, and conspiracy theories these days … their only goal is power and money.
      Cwtch

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