George Floyd’s murderer, Derek Chauvin, a white supremacist, who weaponized his white power against an unarmed, non-threatening Black man who begged for his life before cruelly losing it to systemic violence, was found guilty of all three charges, including second-degree manslaughter.
The murderous former Minneapolis cop could get from 12 to 40 years in prison for each charge. The same judge who recently weaponized his white power to vilify the perfectly logical statement made by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, regarding Chauvin’s possible acquittal, will be the one tasked with deciding the fate of a notorious white supremacist and convicted murderer.
As much as we can’t underestimate the miraculous gift of hearing the words “GUILTY!” for each count of unforgivable inhumanness, which is heartbreaking, when you consider how prepared we were to receive another betrayal of a murderer’s freedom, there’s also the frightening prospect of anticipating what’s around the corner.
George Floyd’s killer should be punished with the maximum amount of years behind bars, but when you have a white judge who has already exhibited symptoms that expose problematic tendencies, all we can do is keep holding our breaths until sentencing.
Shit is about to get real!
Having the biased judicial system finally function in favor of a Black victim of systemic brutality, who didn’t deserve to die in vain is a long-awaited vindication that took way too long to activate.
While watching coverage of the aftermath of the appropriate verdicts being delivered, a CNN reporter stationed in Minneapolis picked a woman out of the growing crowd to get her reaction to the momentous occasion that was unfolding.
Turns out that the woman was a very good friend of Sandra Bland, the young Black woman who was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, back in the summer of 2015.
The twenty-eight-year-old was driving to her new job when she was pulled over by a traffic cop, who became agitated with the Black woman’s confident demeanor and unwillingness to be intimidated by her oppressor.
The situation escalated once the cop violently yanked Sandra Bland out of her own vehicle, and recklessly threw her to the ground, while repeatedly banging her head down in an effort to neutralize her. The unarmed Black victim who posed no direct threat to her attacker was then carted off to jail where she was later found dead.
There was no justice for Sandra Bland because like many others before her, the criminalized judicial system was built to uphold the statutes of white supremacy at the expense of Black lives that don’t matter.
Sandra Bland’s uniformed instigator, who orchestrated the events that led to her untimely demise was never punished to the fullest extent of the law.
And Bland’s friend who showed up in Minneapolis to pay homage to George Floyd, tearfully expressed the complexities of emotions resurfacing from the loss of a young, vibrant Black woman who did die in vain, while relating it to what the family members of Black victims of police brutality have to contend with, regardless of the verdict.
“They will never see him again and he’s still six feet under so justice in my opinion will never be served but it is very bittersweet.”
The nightmare will never end, until the erosion of white supremacy is completely disinfected.
The same day that George Floyd’s murderer was found guilty on all counts, there was a tragedy in Columbus, Ohio involving police officers called to a chaotic scene, where they were faced with three teenage girls engaged in a fight, with one of them allegedly brandishing a knife.
Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, was shot four times by police and later died from her injuries at a hospital.
Bryant was allegedly the one who called the cops, according to her aunt who told reporters that a group of older teens were threatening to attack her niece.
The details of this ongoing case is still fuzzy, and circulating footage doesn’t provide enough clues to the mystery of how a Black teenage girl called the cops to rescue her from danger and ended up being blasted with enough bullets to kill her.
This comes at the heels of another horrifying incident involving the Chicago police officer who fatally shot Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy, in response to the teen complying with instructions to put his hands up in the air. The officer’s reflexes were in anticipation that the child was armed with a gun, which turned out not to be the case.
Black and Brown children aren’t exempt from the systemic violence exacted by rogue cops, who will never be inclined to pull the trigger on a white teenager, even when he or she poses a danger.
Dylann Roof was infamously driven to Burger King to get lunch after he gunned down nine Black lives gathered for bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
And white media outlets never fail to assist in the vilifying of these young Black victims by negligently presenting offensive scenarios that aims to build the case for thugs-in-uniform, who made split second decisions based on the fear of losing their lives to allegedly armed and dangerous Black youngsters.
Shit has always been real!
I can recall it like it happened yesterday, when after being in NYC for a little under a year, the name of a Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima dominated the headlines in 1997. A gang of New York police officers arrested Louima outside a nightclub in Brooklyn and viciously attacked him, leaving him severely injured enough to require multiple surgeries. His attackers tried to cover up their crimes with the authority of their stained badges, but they were ultimately found guilty and convicted.
Two years later, in 1999, the name of an African immigrant from Guinea, Amadou Diallo dominated the headlines, and it was due to his brutal slaying by rogue NYC cops who shot the unarmed, 23-year-old Black man up to 19 times, in a bloody confrontation that was initiated by the officers mistaking Diallo for a neighborhood rapist who was still on the loose.
That deadly mistake led to the senseless murder of an innocent, young Black man who was simply returning to his apartment after having dinner at a nearly restaurant, when he was accosted by four plain-clothed thugs, who assumed he was reaching for a weapon, when Diallo was really trying to pull out his wallet, containing identification.
The guilty officers were formally charged with second-degree manslaughter, but later acquitted by a jury in Albany.
The conviction of George Floyd’s killer is still not nearly enough to assuage the centuries of terrorism from white supremacy that has exacted generational trauma that will continue to be a source of lifelong anguish for bereaved Black families.
It’s unbearably sad that despite the whole world witnessing the graphicness of George Floyd’s tormented last minutes as a living, breathing human being, there was still allowances made for the high probability of an acquittal because of how many times the judicial system has rewarded white perpetrators for unlawful killings.
We have to be vigilant.
Abolishing the police is the only way forward. There’s nothing extreme about swiftly dismantling the lethality of over-powered institutions that were constructed to terrorize Black and Brown communities, including our precious children, who are Black enough to be shot dead in the streets without issue.
One confirmed white supremacist, who has been permanently removed from the streets he terrorized is an undeniable victory, but there are plenty more who will rise up in defiance and continue the legacy of their fallen comrade.
It’s already happening with the bloody slaying of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenage girl, who didn’t deserve to be killed by the system that already considered her expendable, and not worthy of professional care from police officers who aren’t trained to serve and protect Black citizens.
We can introduce relevant legislation that aims to get rid of the “no-knock warrant” that resulted in the murder of Breonna Taylor, but ultimately the only clear path to lifesaving measures on behalf of terrorized communities will be to abolish the police.
We gotta start over, and end this national emergency once and for all.