Derek Chauvin’s Guilty and So Is the Whole Damn System
It felt like a stunning relief when Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for a murder caught on camera. Real relief will come when justice doesn’t feel like a surprise.
He did not deserve to die.
It should never have mattered that he was a drug addict who suffered from myriad health issues, or that he had allegedly attempted to pass a counterfeit bill at a corner market. George Floyd should still be alive today. On Tuesday, a jury agreed.
Less than a day after closing arguments concluded, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was remanded into custody and will face sentencing in a few weeks. He deserves every hour he will spend in prison. They are hours Floyd will never have at all.