Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder for killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, a crime that prompted a wave of protests in support of racial justice in the US and across the world.
The jury swiftly and unanimously convicted Chauvin of all the charges he faced – second and third-degree murder, and manslaughter – after concluding that the white former Minneapolis police officer killed the 46-year-old Black man through a criminal assault by pinning him to the ground so he could not breathe properly. A lack of oxygen in turn caused brain damage, heart failure, and death, in May last year.
While the guilty verdict is a relief to many politicians that were concern that a not-guilty verdict will lead to riots and violence, the fact that there were doubts and uncertainty about his quilt is uniquely American. A testament to a double standard entrenched in the legal system that causes many to wonder if he will be held accountable after murdering an unarmed innocent man on live camera TV.
The issue of police violence against African Americans will not end because of a guilty verdict against a murder.. on the contrary, the guilty verdict might lead to more violence directed against African Americans as the police Unions and the Republican parties continues to blame the victim.