Former Officers Arrested
On May 25, 2020, four Minneapolis Police officers were involved in the murder of George Floyd. On June 3rd, all four police officers were charged. Officer Chauvin is facing with unintentional second-degree murder charges in addition to his initial charge. The other three officers involved are facing aiding and abetting second-degree murder charges. This could not have been possible without the people who protested and demanded change.
It will be hard to get a conviction yet again
The arrest and charging of the police officers is just the beginning, the next step is to getting a conviction in their case. Police officers rarely face legal consequences, let alone sentencing in cases involving black people. Professor Philip M. Stinson, who focuses on police crime and police integrity, says. “only a handful of police officers are charged with murder or manslaughter every year, roughly only 22%”. However because George Floyd’s case is very heavy in the media, and people are being persistent in voicing their opinion. Thus, it is more likely to get a conviction in this case.
People Won’t Stop Until Racial Injustice Stops
Even though George Floyd’s case sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement, it is not the end. The movement was never primarily about George Floyd. Black Live Matter focuses on issues concerning “concerning racial injustice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, Black immigration, economic injustice, LGBT+ and human rights, environmental injustice, access to healthcare, access to quality education, and voting rights and suppression”. There is no clear way to solve the racial injustice that has been present. People will not stop trying by having peaceful protests, signing petitions, raising awareness through the media, and educating others on the issue going on in the world.
People have different ideas of what should be done, something most people recognize is that the movement will not fizzle out when the new hot topic comes out. The movement is here to stay until given justice. When asked what will need to happen to end the injustice a variety of answers were given. One person said: “ police need to have less power and police prosecution needs to be more of a reality, a need for new legislation, and there needs to be a consistent protest to show that the people are not giving up without results”.
This is definitely a difficult and complicated matter, but one thing that is clear through the persistence of the people is that change is being made. This is only the beginning and through time we will see real change.
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