This is an appropriate step towards accountability.
I think this is also a wake up call to the American justice system that police can be held responsible for their actions, especially if their actions go against the very values the police are supposed to lead by. There’s no serving, nor protecting, when four police officers pin a man to the ground and cut off air to his lungs.
I’ve contemplated what to say on this matter the past few weeks because I don’t want to pretend that I know what marginalized individuals go through. I am not a person of colour. I’ve never been afraid of the police. I’ve never feared getting pulled over or anything of the sort and I know that makes me a person of extreme privilege. I know that it’s not the same for everyone. I know that just a few miles up the road from where Derek Chauvin was on trial, Daunte Wright was murdered at a traffic stop. Murdered at a traffic stop, and they tried to pretend the police officer got confused between a taser and a gun. I just…
Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times for walking away from a police officer. Meanwhile, Kyle Rittenhouse murdered two people and walked right past police with an assault rifle around his neck and subsequently went home to sleep in his own bed. Actually, I recently read there was a fucking crowdfunding campaign for Kyle Rittenhouse for legal fees that raised half a million dollars, and that some of the people who donated to the campaign were, in fact, police officers from other states. I just… that makes my blood boil.
The United States has a racism problem.
Chauvin being found guilty is not accountability. I do hope, though, that it’s a step towards all of the states justice systems realizing that the police may not always be the good-guys. I say that full-well knowing that I have police officers in my family. They agree with me. The police aren’t always the good guys.