[200] On Trial

During the last couple of weeks, there has been a high-profile court trial taking place. The defendant was one Derek Chauvin, former cop in Minneapolis, who was on trial for the murder of George Floyd in 2020. It’s one of the few times that a police officer has been tried for killing a civilian.

This case was the center of many riots and Black Lives Matter movements and protests during the summer of 2020. Back on 25 May 2020, Floyd was apprehended by police and was being arrested for attempting to pass a counterfeit bill. Floyd was buying cigarettes, and the cashier thought the $20 bill he paid with was fake, so they called the authorities. Within half an hour after the transaction, Floyd was dead. Bystanders recorded cell phone video of then-Officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck while lying handcuffed on the ground. Repeatedly, Floyd told cops he couldn’t breathe. Multiple cries of “I can’t breathe” went unheeded. The cop knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9½ minutes. Several minutes prior, people could see that Floyd had stopped talking and struggling, lying motionless. A couple of hours later, he was pronounced dead at a hospital. The BBC gives a pretty good rundown of what happened that day.

Fast forward to April 2021, Chauvin, who was fired the day after the incident, was put on trial, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. After 10 hours of deliberation, the jury came back with unanimous guilty verdicts on all three charges. The maximum time he could face is 75 years, with a minimum of 12½. The sentencing won’t happen for a couple of months, and many people are still on edge about the whole thing.

Now comes my two-cents’ worth. This former cop deserves much worse than time in jail. Hell, in prison, he’s going to be held segregated from everyone else. I say put him in general population. Let ol’ Bubba have his way with this lowlife scum. Let Chauvin be Bubba’s new little bitch. Or, just release him onto the streets of Minneapolis, amongst the black population. He wouldn’t last five minutes either way. That guy deserves to die, in the same cruel manner Floyd did. Have someone the size of André the Giant kneel on his neck. Someone could also take and put the guy in one of those Jigsaw traps from the Saw movies. I like the walls closing in on and turning him into a human pancake, or maybe the shotgun collar from Saw III, where the victim gets their head blown off by several close range shotgun blasts.

I don’t care what color people are. They all deserve respect and to be treated like another human being. That lowlife ex-cop gives all the decent police officers in this country a bad name and huge black eye. Someone in a position of power and authority should not abuse said power, and should be the example for the people. Unfortunately the example he set was one of the greater dark side of US history. Oh, people don’t want to have that conversation. We’re big, we’re great, we’re ‘Murica!

To finish this post, today’s quote:

“Law enforcement officers should use only the minimum force necessary in dealing with disorders when they arise. A human life—the life of a student, soldier, or police officer—is a precious thing, and the taking of a life can be justified only as a necessary and last resort.”

Richard M. Nixon, 37th United States President

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