Derek Chauvin is Guilty

…But that won’t change policing in America

Photo by Nechirwan Kavian on Unsplash

It is just moments after the verdict that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts, and I have a lot to say about it.

I am proud that a jury finally did what was right. Time and time again, we’ve all watched as justice has not been served. I watched anxiously, hoping that we would not see more riots tonight where more people could potentially lose their lives.

There was no excuse for this officer's behavior. That being said, no one should be disillusioned into thinking that this single verdict is going to correct what is wrong with America’s police.

I don’t agree that every cop is bad, but I do believe that there is a system in place where those who report the bad cops are penalized because they don’t want to be part of that bad behavior. There is a culture of “shoot first and ask questions later” because of the immunity officers usually have.

I have friends who are police officers who I would trust with my life. I believe that they would be honest and fair with everyone. I also know that there are officers out there who get a kick out of having authority. Instead of being there to serve others, they are there to serve themselves.

It’s my belief that nothing in policing will change until there are more protections in place. They need more training, yes, but also better methods of figuring out who has the right mentality for this job. Who will actually think about what’s happening rather than acting before thinking? A stable mental health background, a history of peacemaking, and a solid education all make a difference. I also think that anyone who wants to be a police officer should have to continue to participate in community service in communities around the country.

Like I’ve said in another article, exposure is the way that we eliminate fear and intolerance. Exposure to other people and their lifestyles, traveling, and seeing how others live outside of our country can all make a massive difference in our perception when we come home.

I’m not going to pretend to have the answers, but I do believe that our police have a lot of work to do. It isn’t just about training. It’s about knowing when to pull someone off the force, having regular mental health screenings, and keeping track of complaints. Our police should be here to protect and serve, and like everyone else, I am tired of seeing them get away with murder. I’m so happy that this man didn’t.

A professional writer and illustrator with over a decade of experience, a published book series, and interesting work-from-home experience.

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