On May 25th, George Floyd’s life was mercilessly taken away at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer. Chauvin is the man who placed his knee on the neck of Floyd for almost eight minutes straight while he exclaimed that he couldn’t breathe. Four days after this took place, Chauvin was arrested and faced counts of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter according to CNN.
As of October 7th, Chauvin has been released from Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility on $1 million bail CBSN Minneapolis reported. This has sparked anger and defeat across the country. The Black community and its allies believed that we were finally taking a step and the right direction and justice would be served but we just took a million steps backward.
What was the point of arresting him just to let him go again? Why does our community have to keep fighting for justice just from those who are responsible for horrible acts? Why do they get to continue living their lives with no consequences? We’re tired. Not just tired of the terrible treatment that our community receives, but of racists not being punished for their actions.
Apparently, no one knows who put up the money for his bail or so they say. Someone knows and just doesn’t want to say anything so things are kept under wraps. What’s even more baffling to me is how there are cities like Flint that are STILL going through a water crisis, communities in food deserts, and families not having enough money to put food on their tables and this money could’ve gone towards helping them, not setting a killer free.
According to CNN, Chauvin’s release was conditional, though the specifics were not immediately available. The news site also reported that Chauvin’s next court date is set for March 8, 2021.
Even though he’s free right now, he’ll never be able to live a normal life ever again. He’ll constantly have to look over his shoulder and be cautious everywhere he goes because there are people who are willing to seriously hurt him. This isn’t the last that we’re going to hear about the George Floyd case. It wouldn’t surprise me if the protests, riots, and looting start up again since it seems that that’s the only way to get people to understand what we’re fighting for and why. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago