While the entire nation celebrated the guilty verdict of Killer Cop Dereck Chauvin, I view the celebration as the epitome of the sad reality of America’s double standard. The sad reality is that it took a white policeman to slowly strangled an innocent Black man on live TV before the entire world before the reluctant white citizens to finally agree that there are two-tier policing and criminal justice systems in America.
It took overwhelming evidence to convict a WHITE police officer, the evidence so clear even his former boss and colleagues testified against him. There won’t always be that much evidence. The video won’t be so clear and gut-wrenching, even though the harm being perpetrated might be just as devastating next time.
While one white policeman is found guilty of a murder that he committed on live TV, many white police continue the wanton disdain for Black lives across the nation.
The Justice Department on Wednesday launched a broad investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department a day after a white former officer was convicted of murdering George Floyd, who was Black, during a police stop last year. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of nationwide protests over racial discrimination in policing and a broader national conversation around race and justice in the United States.
Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland announced the start of the probe during a video address from the Justice Department, saying the agency’s Civil Rights Division will conduct what is known as a “patterns and practice” inquiry that will scrutinize nearly all corners of how the Minneapolis police do their jobs, from recruitment to the possible use of excessive force.
While I understand the sense of relief for many that burst into celebration at the sound of “guilty” guilty” “guilty” in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who slowly murdered George Floyd in broad daylight on camera is unique and should not be mistaken for justice. 99.9 % of police violence against African Americans does not happen on live TV and thus is never held accountable. Let us remember that…
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