Nearly a full year after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts for this senseless murder. The trial lasted for three weeks and the verdict was released yesterday afternoon.
Chauvin has been found guilty of manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder according to NPR. As great as it is to see an officer be held accountable for their actions, it shouldn’t be celebrated considering it should be the standard. There was honestly no time to celebrate the verdict seeing that a 15-year-old girl, Ma’Kiah Bryant, was shot by the police in Columbus, Ohio the same day.
It’s extremely disappointing that there even had to be a trial considering we all saw the same video. Based on the evidence of the video alone, Chauvin should’ve been found guilty. The verdict likely came back the way it did because everyone was completely aware of the consequence that would be seen if there was to be a “not guilty” verdict. Destruction across the nation would be far worse than what we saw last summer.
“I’m glad that this corrupt system got it right for once and some accountability was taken.” –Lloyd Maxwell
“I feel like a lot of people of color think it’s the start of justice, but yet another Black girl was killed less than 24 hours later,” said Tekia Howard, a freshman at Olive-Harvey. “Even though justice was served for George Floyd, it ain’t going to bring him back. It’s still a Black life that was lost and it wasn’t a true lesson to America considering that another Black life was lost less than 24 hours later,” she continued.
“I’m happy that George Floyd’s family gets some type of closure knowing Chauvin will be imprisoned for his crimes, but the pain he inflicted on them is irreversible. No amends can be made to fix what [the family] lost,” said Lloyd Maxwell, a sophomore at Howard University. “I’m glad that this corrupt system got it right for once and some accountability was taken.”
I appreciate the fact that they made an example out of Chauvin, but unless all other officers are being held accountable for their actions, it’s all for nothing. Chauvin is likely to get the minimum amount of jail time simply because of the fact that he’s a former officer. Regardless, I, along with many others, hope that this will be the change that makes all officers responsible for wrongful injuries and deaths and that they are always held accountable for their actions.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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