Darnella Frazier’s video of Floyd and gasping for oxygen and begging for his mama in his last breaths became the pivotal moment that changed the country of America as we know it.
Today, the 21/04/21, is the day of reckoning for Derek Chauvin. The former police officer for Minneapolis, Minnesota was seen in court today for the trial consisting of George Floyd’s unjust, criminal and heinous murder. His death via asphyxiation by Chauvin kneeling on his neck for a total of 9 minutes and 29 seconds was heavily debated in court in thorough detail. But it was the instinctive video caught by Frazier that sealed Chauvin’s fate.
Chauvin was found guilty on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
As his guilty verdict rang through the Minneapolis courts, joyous cheers and celebrations erupted beyond the legal building’s walls. News stations such as the NBC, CNN, BBC and social media apps including Twitter who heavily followed the chain of events overflowed with updates that even if you are a police officer (especially in America where relations between APF and the public are explicitly damaged) you are not above the law.
This news however reverberated a deeper meaning into American society than any other country because until now police officers have rarely been convicted – or are charged at all in any capacity – for unlawful deaths that occur in custody, in the line of duty when patrolling the streets or called to incidents. The guilty verdict in this trial has been widely viewed as an indication of how the US legal system will inevitably reconstruct itself internally for the dawn of a new age in judicial duty.
Written by: Victoria Horton