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“Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction” or “Derek Chauvin guilty of murder”?

Which was it? Surely both of these can’t be true. The first quote was, of course, the original statement from the police spokesperson, and this is the reason that I feel absolutely no satisfaction or joy at the verdict just handed down. Nor do I feel that any fundamental changes have taken place in police departments across the nation after this conviction. I think everyone knows in their hearts that if video hadn’t surfaced of Floyd’s murder, the “medical incident” lie would have stood and there would be no justice today. During the final days of the trial itself, yet another unarmed black man was killed in the Minneapolis area, and that’s in one state, in one metro area. In 2020, there were over 1,000 people killed by police. And until bad cops like Chauvin are removed from the system, and as long as police departments and their fellow officers cover up for criminal activity, this will continue on forever. So even though right now, before appeal, in this case, justice seems to have been served, I feel absolutely nothing.

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