Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years yesterday for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd for over nine minutes while he screamed, “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times and cried for his mama.
Prosecutors wanted Chauvin to be sentenced 30 years. Chauvin’s lawyers wanted him to only receive time-served and some light probation. Maybe Chauvin could have picked up trash on the interstate for a couple of weeks and then we could have called it even. Sorry, Derek, but no.
Chauvin must have cried for his mama too because she spoke at his sentencing. She asked for leniency and said news media and prosecutors had painted a distorted picture of her son. No, Mama Chauvin. Your son painted an accurate picture of himself. The crowd who witnessed your son murder Mr. Floyd asked your son for leniency. Instead of granting leniency, or the respect George Floyd deserved, your son, the murderer, continued to murder George Floyd.
Mama Chauvin said, “The public will never know the loving and caring man he is.” That’s probably because the entire world watched your son commit murder. The public knows what a murderous man your son is.
Cops kills about 1,000 people each year, but Chauvin is one of only 11 officers who have been convicted of murder for on-duty killings since 2005. That means we not only have a bunch of murderers running free, but we have a lot of murderers wearing badges.
I don’t believe the verdict and sentencing of Derek Chauvin is the beginning of the end of police brutality in America, or the end of profiling, or the end of cops getting away with murdering unarmed black people. I think it’s a blip. It’s an anomaly. Derek Chauvin will be released from prison in about 15 years and he’ll be 60 years old. What will the environment look like at that time? Will we have made progress in 15 years? Will cops stop murdering unarmed black men? How many cops will be prosecuted and sent to prison for murdering black people by the time Chauvin’s sentence is over? Will black lives matter in 2035?
There’s irony in Derek Chauvin having his mama ask for leniency after he refused it to George Floyd who was crying for his mama.
Mamas, don’t raise your babies to be murderous cops.
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