America was preparing for the worst, many not expecting to hear the words they heard as the jurors had rendered their verdict. On May 25th 2020 at the height of the covid19 pandemic Derek Chauvin was caught on video by 17 year old Darnella Frazier kneeling on the neck of George Floyd. He knelt on his neck for over 9 minutes causing a long drawn out death in front of dozens of onlookers including 3 fellow officers. What would follow would be unlike anything ever witnessed in recent years. All across the country protest many nonviolent and in some instances stores were vandalized and even at times set on fire. America had had enough.
Fast forward to the beginning of the Derek Chauvin trial and as the defense started to go into George Floyds drug addiction and previous arrest the Americans, specifically Black American’s knew how this was going to go. Many people became upset watching the trial, but witnesses braved it out and told their story. In the end we finally came to the day.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all 3 charges. The most serious conviction is second-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years in the state of Minnesota . he was also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, maximum penalties of 25 years and 10 years in prison.
Many celebrated the verdict, but as soon as the cheers came for many it became very evident this was a minor victory in terms of social justice and police accountability. #justiceforgeorgefloyd means more than a verdict of guilty.
We offer our condolences to his family especially his children who will never have the opportunity to see their father again.