Morals On Trial

After nearly a year, the first spark of justice arrives in the George Floyd murder

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Defense attorney Eric Nelson shares an exchange with Derek Chauvin, following the jury’s guilty verdict

   On May 25th, 2020, at the peak of American lockdown, George Floyd was killed when 19 year veteran police officer Derek Chauvin restrained him by kneeling on his neck. Across America, cries of outrage echoed in the hearts of millions, as they sought justice for Floyd. 

   As the nation wept, and more information on the death of George Floyd was released, there began to be some “controversies.” Americans started to question the level of drugs found in Floyd’s system, the history of his arrests, and even the intentions of Chauvin himself. Because of this, we found ourselves at the new peak of the unrelenting fight for racial justice. 

   Almost a year later, and with America’s heart in its throat, 45 year old Derek Chauvin was tried for unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. On April 20th, 2021, a Jury concluded that Derek Chauvin was guilty of all counts. With no bail possible, and now in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff, Chauvin was booked into the Oak Park Heights state prison, where he will face a maximum of 40 years, though likely closer to 12.5 years.

   There is nothing more telling about the moral state of a nation than the results of a publicly influenced trial. With the murder of George Floyd, and subsequent justice served upon Chauvin, we begin to see the first “large-scale” legal proceedings related to police brutality.

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