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MSNBC's Joy Reid says cops finally know they must 'draw a line' at bad policing: 'Ten officers said this is too much'
One of the things that was different in the trial of Derek Chauvin was that other police officers came forward to say that he was wrong in his actions and in his behavior. It has been the first time that the so-called "blue line" of police fought back against a bad officer.
"We do not consent to police being free to kill the very people that they are using tickets to pay for policing, right?" Reid explained. "Black communities are by and large paying for the cops, paying for policing, because we're getting the tickets written on us. We're getting pulled over. We're the ones who are subsidizing and funding the killing of our own families. And people of all races are finally saying, 'this is the line.' And as I was saying, before we went to the great reporting on the ground there, there are some police who are saying it too. I know you talked to a lot of law enforcement folks in the last several weeks. So, have I, Nicolle, and even law enforcement people that I have talked to are saying, 'We've got to draw lines.' And ten police officers drew a line with Derek Chauvin, and they said, 'This is too much.' And I think that's important for public policy."
See the video below:
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READ President Barack Obama on Derek Chauvin guilt: We know justice is about more than a single verdict
Former President Barack Obama released a statement about the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin who killed George Floyd kneeling on his neck for nearly 10 minutes as he suffocated to death.
Read the full release of Obama's statements below:
Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing.
For almost a year, George Floyd's death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world — inspiring murals and marches, sparking conversations in living rooms and new legislation. But a more basic question has always remained: would justice be done?
In this case, at least, we have our answer. But if we're being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.
True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.
While today's verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one. We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will need to redouble efforts to expand economic opportunity for those communities that have been too long marginalized.
And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people — especially young people — who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work.
Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, in the hopes that they may find peace. And we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.
Legal experts on Derek Chauvin conviction: 'You can tell by his eyes that he can’t believe what just happened'
On Tuesday, after less than a day of deliberations, the jury in Hennepin County, Minnesota handed down multiple guilty verdicts against former Officer Derek Chauvin, convicting him of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd — and guaranteeing a harsh prison sentence.
In response to the verdict, many legal experts swiftly weighed in on social media. Some of them noted that Chauvin himself appeared shocked he had not gotten away with it, while others noted that this is only one step on a long road to national healing and reform of criminal justice and race relations in the United States.
Guilty on all counts. Right result.— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1618952838.0
A jury of Derek Chauvin’s peers has spoken. His conduct caused the death of George Floyd and it was murder, deservi… https://t.co/PKSn1kinsU— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1618953004.0
Chauvin is indeed guilty. But I hope history will also look back on today as one in which we recognized a broader… https://t.co/clY3TrvEpq— Norm Eisen (@Norm Eisen)1618953026.0
Chauvin. Is. Guilty. Because #JusticeMatters— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1618952839.0
I'm sure his attorneys prepared him for this moment as soon as they found out that the jury came back with a swift… https://t.co/WW7EwN5uxH— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1618953608.0
https://t.co/vrHJhyjPBY— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1618952820.0
Shedding tears for #GeorgeFloyd’s family, for the witnesses and community traumatized by this killing. For those wh… https://t.co/6i77qqgWrC— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1618953352.0
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