Seattle Pride Responds to Chauvin Verdict
Apr 20, 2021 | Seattle Pride
George Floyd was killed on May 25th, 2020.
The Minneapolis police officers involved in his arrest were fired on May 26th… and our nation, accompanied by the rest of the world, began to mourn through protests that shook the foundations of our society.
It took four days from the death of Mr. Floyd for an officer - Derek Chauvin - to be arrested and charged with his death.
On June 1st, Mr. Floyd’s death was ruled as a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
By June 3rd, all four officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s arrest are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, both felonies, court records show. Chauvin also received an additional second-degree murder charge, a felony.
On March 30th, the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin was underway.
These are only facts and dates on a timeline. They do not show the breadth and depth of the underlying plague of systemic racism fueled by white supremacy that has been ravaging our country for hundreds of years. They do not show how George Floyd’s entire life was shaped - and then crushed - by a racist system, nor the beauty of the fuller picture of his life as a Black man who was more than the struggles set against him.
Today, Derek Chauvin was found guilty.
While we believe justice is far from served, let us reflect on the life of George Floyd to inspire us to continue the fight for Black lives, for the end of white supremacy, and for a society which respects diversity of all forms.
Please consider supporting these protest-support organizations:
Northwest Community Bail Fund
Working in King and Snohomish counties, this organization aims to provide cash bail to impoverished people accused of “low-level” crimes. That is, until money bail is abolished, if NCBF has its say. In the meantime, it will continue to help defendants navigate the pretrial period with the goal of “reducing the pressure to plead guilty.”
National Bail Out
This Black-led, Black-centered collective is a community-based movement working to “end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.” Its ActBlue charity raises money to post bail and provide other resources for those facing the justice system. To simultaneously donate to 39 community bail funds, including NCBF, supported by the collective, you can click here.
Not This Time!
Andrè Taylor formed this Seattle-based nonprofit after a pair of city police officers fatally shot his brother, Che, in 2016. Two years later, Not This Time! successfully backed Initiative 940, which removed the “malice” standard previously needed to charge Washington law enforcers with violent crimes. The organization continues to demand police reform in Seattle and beyond.
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