Tuesday’s verdict, which found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd, is a long overdue step in the right direction towards dismantling systemic and institutional racism. While this is a case of justice being served, there is still much progress to be made. We must continue to hold both our law enforcement officers and judicial appointees accountable if we aim to create true change in America.
George Floyd’s murder almost one year ago sparked a necessary national dialogue to take place regarding racial inequities in this country. In the time since then, there have been countless episodes of similar racial injustices taking place across the United States. Between 2005 and 2021, over 15,000 Americans have died at the hands of law enforcement officers. Just four officers have been convicted of murder in those cases. Had there not been video evidence of Chauvin kneeing on the neck of George Floyd for over eight minutes, this situation may have just been another statistic.
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