After floyd verdict: a long way to real justice

Tears of satisfaction at triple murder conviction for police officer Derek Chauvin after black man's violent death George Floyd were not even dry yet. By then, brutal reality had already overtaken the brief moment of relief felt across America at what was perceived as a rare form of justice.

While in Minneapolis Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday read the jury's verdict, which amounted to years in prison, Ma`Khia Bryant died in Columbus, Ohio.

George Floyd and the question of proportionality

Black girl had the Police called because, according to her aunt, she had been threatened by other youths. An obscure scuffle ensued outside an apartment building. Bryant allegedly threatened another girl with a knife, according to a video.

A White cop Pulls gun just seconds after arriving on scene and pulls four triggers. The 16-year-old dies a short time later in the hospital. The background is still unclear. But again, similar to the Floyd case, the question of proportionality arises.

 
After floyd verdict: a long way to real justice

Barack Obama speaks out

While President Joe Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, see in Chauvin's guilty verdict a chance for "significant change" in the century-old Tension Seeing racism/police, it was up to former President Barack Obama to emphasize the stage-winning nature of the jury verdict: "True justice requires that we acknowledge the fact that black Americans are treated differently, every day," the first black U.S. president said.

"We must acknowledge that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with police may be their last."

U.S. police reforms stall

The "profound rethinking" by the police in dealing with blacks, which both Obama and Biden are urging, has not yet taken hold. Certainly, in some states, since Floyd's death nearly a year ago, there have been Chokeholds and restraints banned at the neck during arrests. More emphasis on de-escalation techniques here and there. But sweeping police reforms stall across the board.

This is how the House of Representatives already passed the "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act" months ago with a narrow Democratic majority. It seeks to overturn the "qualified immunity" established by law 50 years ago, which usually protects police officers from prosecution in the line of duty, even for questionable use of force.

The individual case as at Chauvin, who, without the unchanged shocking live cell phone camera footage by a 17-year-old female passerby showing him with his knee on Floyd's neck, "probably never would have been convicted," according to many legal experts, would then potentially rule.

U.S. communities judge for themselves?

Police unions and the Republicans Storm. The prospect of having to go to jail after using a service weapon, they say, will inhibit police, put lives in danger given the glut of guns on America's streets and make for more crime.

In the Senate in Washington there is no legislative majority in sight for the project that criminal justice advocates say is central to the fight against deadly police violence. Although about 1,000 people a year die at the hands of police in the U.S., including a disproportionate number of African-Americans.

Hopes now rest on "bandwagoners" among the 18.000 police directorates acting autonomously across the country. New York City, for example, has just overturned "qualified immunity" in city council votes. Will other metropolitan areas follow suit? Does momentum for reform remain? What will become of Protest movement, Which sprang into action nationwide after Floyd's death?

In the Congress in Washington, representatives of both parties secretly agree that the guilty verdict against Chauvin has lowered the prere for police reforms rather than, as President Biden hopes increased.

Verdict against Derek Chauvin – appeal almost certain

There are still many open flanks. Sentencing for Derek Chauvin won't be clear for eight weeks. Under the sentencing guidelines of the State of Minnesota 29 years would be the maximum sentence. If Judge Peter Cahill exercises leniency and "pushes" first-time offender Chauvin below ten years, U.S. commentators say there may again be violent protests.

An appeals hearing is also all but certain. And the trials of the other three police officers involved won't begin until midsummer. Outcome open.

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