The death of a black adolescent as a result of the shooting by a police officer in Columbus (Ohio, USA) has tarnished the guilty verdict against former agent Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd in May.
This Wednesday dozens of people approached the corner where Floyd died of suffocation, in the south of Minneapolis (Minnesota), to show their respect and Scream their name to heaven after the imprisonment of his executioner. The relieved faces of some contrasted with the tears of others, but the general feeling was that “finally” justice had been achieved in Floyd’s case.
The fight goes on
One of those present was Debby Pope, a teacher about to retire who traveled this week from the city of Chicago to Minnesota to experience the verdict against Chauvin firsthand and show her support for the black community. “I have no doubt that he is guilty, but many others are and we have to continue the fight to have justice not only in the face of this situation in Minneapolis, but also in other situations around the country, “Pope, a 63-year-old white woman, told EFE.
The teacher was accompanied by a group of educators who explained that the socio-economic differences between races in the US are one of the main problems that, in her opinion, the country faces at this time and throughout its history.
Another death at the hands of the Police
Precisely, the White House referred this Wednesday to those “other situations” in the US, specifically to the death at the hands of a police officer of a 16-year-old black girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, in Ohio, another state bordering Canada.
According to the police version, an agent shot Bryant when the teenager apparently threatened two other minors with a knife old, which can be seen in the images from the body camera of the police officer involved. This event occurred 30 minutes before the jury’s verdict in the Floyd case was released Tuesday.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Bryant’s murder was “tragic” because it was “a girl.” “We are thinking of his friends and family and the communities that are suffering his loss,” added Psaki in his daily press conference.
This episode joins the two recorded in the last weeks that ended with the shooting death of two young men of racial minorities in the US: Daunte Wright, 20, who died in Brooklyn Center (Minnesota, USA) and Adam Toledo, 13, in Chicago.
Police practices, under the magnifying glass
The immediate response of the Biden Administration has been the opening of a comprehensive investigation this Wednesday into the legality of the practices of the Minneapolis Police, now in the crosshairs of the entire country.
“Today I announce that the Department of Justice has opened a civil investigation to determine if the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern or police practices that are unconstitutional or illegal,” said US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Regarding the conviction against Chauvin, the head of the US Department of Justice admitted that “does not address potentially systemic policing issues“, so this investigation will review” if there is excessive use of force, discrimination and other abuses. ”
The debate of the police brutality In the US against minorities, this is once again on the table, despite the guilty verdict against Chauvin. The ex-agent was found guilty of the three charges against him, involuntary murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years; and second degree involuntary manslaughter, which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty.
As he has no criminal record, the police officer could only be sentenced to one maximum 12 and a half years in prison for each of the first two charges and 4 years in prison for the third.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.