Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he died, was found guilty of all three counts related to Floyd’s murder on Tuesday.
Floyd’s death nearly a year ago touched off protests around the world against police violence and racial injustice. Floyd, a Black man, was unarmed when Chauvin, a white man, killed him. The event was filmed by a bystander, and the video ricocheted across social media platforms, stirring outrage over the clear falsehood in the way police reported the incident at the time.
Law & criminology professor Daniel Medwed gave a breakdown of Chauvin’s three charges, and criminology professor Jack McDevitt said he was optimistic that the verdict might portend a broader change in policing. While the verdict is a step in the right direction, it’s not the end of injustice in the United States.
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