For activists, advocates and communities of color, the urgency behind the need for police reform does not end with the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin was found guilty on all charges after kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, the killing caught on camera. The graphic images of Floyd’s murder ignited a movement across the country, forcing the nation to begin to reckon with how people of color are treated at the hands of law enforcement.
While the verdict offers the loved ones of Floyd justice and a sort of solace, it’s a consolation that can never replace his life. Additionally, the movement that ballooned after his murder was never about just one case, it is about a trauma visited upon communities of color all too often when Black people are killed during encounters with police who are serving as judge, jury and — ultimately — executioner. [Continue reading…]