You could pretty much hear the sigh of relief across the globe as we heard that Derek Chauvin is held accountable for the life he took before a crowd of people who begged him to stop.
Wednesday, as anticipation thickened around the world, there were thousands of crowds gathered in the streets to celebrate the news of the guilty verdict. He was charged for the murder of George Floyd. As of now he is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
The murder that took place before our naked eyes has fueled anger and frustration. Over the past few weeks, protesters have tripled in number, demanding justice for George Floyd and others who died at the hands of police brutality.
Just days after the Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison took over the prosecution of Derek Chauvin, he made his first big decision-charging the former Minneapolis police officer with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death.
The charge carries a max of 40 years in prison, and Mr. Ellison wanted to change the course of history. After generations of genocide and public lynching’s of Black people, police have rarely been charged when committing crimes against Black people. Ellison desired to send a different message, that this case would be handled a lot differently.