Each life is valuable and should not be lost at the hands of a cop whose very hand never wanders too far from their holster – as if the gun were an itch that needs scratching.
Why are cops killing so many Americans and, particularly Black people? One obvious culprit is overcriminalization. In many situations where police end up killing civilians, the police initiate the interactions with the civilians over relatively trivial matters, not as part of any investigation of violent crime.
On Sunday April 11, 2021 as the Derek Chauvin trial trudges on, Daunte Wright, 20, barely a man, was shot by an officer from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, a city that borders Minneapolis.
The Blue Wall of Silence was on a fault line the evening Derek Chauvin’s knee was on George Floyd’s neck. The three other police officers who stood by were trying to keep it from crumbling by barring desperate neighborhood folks from helping a dying man.
Pictures speak a thousand words. Videos speak volumes. That is why I am beginning this article with the video that started it all to remind the reader what happened that eventful evening to George Floyd.
For those readers that need a refresher, George Floyd, a black man, was killed last May 25, 2020 when Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police department, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes in broad daylight.
It’s been a month since the Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles (ADDA) filed suit against LA County DA, George Gascón because of new policies put in place to lower the over-crowding of jails caused by sentencing enhancements and strict parole policies.
Lytle Hernandez is no stranger to the history of incarceration. Her most recent book “City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles 1771–1965” lays out a bleak history that has led to Los Angeles hosting the largest jail population in the United States, and most likely the world.