Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer involved in the death of George Floyd last May, was convicted Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The jury, made up of 12 men and women, came to the unanimous decision in less than 24 hours. The maximum sentencing for second-degree murder is 40 years in prison, while the max charges for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter are 25 and 10 years, respectively. However, due to Chauvin’s lack of criminal record, the sentences could be shortened. His sentencing will take place June 16th.
The Right questions whether or not the trial was fair. Some have argued that a mistrial is necessary after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made threatening and inflammatory remarks regarding if Chauvin were not found guilty. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy stated that Water’s comments “raised the potential for violence, directed lawlessness, and may have interfered with a co-equal branch of government.” Others pointed to President Biden’s statement that he was “praying” for the jury to reach “the right verdict.” The Wall Street Journal wrote, “That’s an outrageous interference with the administration of justice.” Many argued that the case was rushed:
“Remember: It was only 24 hours ago when commentators were observing, in the wake of Waters’s inflammatory remarks, that there was reason to fear the jury would peremptorily convict Chauvin without carefully considering the record — so fraught with intimidation and prejudice had the atmosphere become.”Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Columnist
Journalist Eddie Scarry argued that the decision was not American justice, but rather “social justice.” He stated, “It’s no longer about reasonable doubt and due process. It’s narrative and intimidation.”
The fact that the Ghislane Maxwell case didn’t get the same media attention as the Derek Chauvin case says much about the system we live under and who controls it.— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) April 21, 2021
The Left, while celebrating the convictions, argues that they are not enough. Preston Mitchum, Director of Policy at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, stated, “This case was a drop in a bucket in the criminal punishment system. We need much more than police reform. We need abolition.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said, “It’s not justice because justice is George Floyd going home tonight to be with his family…frankly, I don’t even think we call it full accountability.”
“Derek Chauvin’s conviction and incarceration aren’t accountability; they’re punishment. People are deeply entitled to want to see Chauvin punished. But we should not call it accountability. Accountability is transformative. This will be many things, but it will not be that.”Danielle Sered, Executive Director of Common Justice
Virginia General Assembly candidate Matt Rogers tweeted, “Never forget: Had it not been for public pressure, the Minneapolis Police Department would have effectively covered up the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin.”