The criminal case held April 20, 2020, the State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin, tried and convicted Chauvin, former Minneapolais police officer, for the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd.
I was shocked to witness the jury find Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. During this trial I was afraid of having hope, afraid of the acquittal of another officer, and afraid for even more injustice to brew, while another list of the names of victims were unserved. While justice fortunately was served in this one single case, it does not remain true for so many other victims.
As Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram, “This verdict is not justice. Frankly, I don’t even think we call it full accountability,” following Senator Bernie Sanders’ statement on Facebook “The jury’s verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin, but not justice for George Floyd.”
While the verdict gives a glimpse of hope for a more equal future, the fact remains true; there is unfinished business to do.
After consistently witnessing a system infamous of betraying people of color, it was shocking to see the system justly served. However, it took another person to die unjustly at the hands of authority with nothing done to compensate.
George Zimmerman, the man who shot and murdered Trayvon Martin, even after first responders instructed him not to, was acquitted. The police officer who killed Philando Castile was acquitted. The police officers who killed Rodney King were acquitted. The list goes on, as you should be well aware of.
Injustices by the government and the criminal justice system, which are put in place to protect all people no matter their circumstance, will continue to be resented.
Fundamentals must be reshaped for trust to be rebuilt. Among the sea of injustice, we have merely just begun. This is no celebration of justice for Floyd, rather another slap in the face for the grounds we have yet to conquer.