On this episode I talk about the unique testimonies during the Derek Chauvin trial. Testimonies from other officers, children young as 10 years old, 911 dispatchers, and others played a major part in the trial and conviction.
Does Derek Chauvin's conviction represent a changing of the times when it comes to law enforce and accountability?
As of May 2020 Derek Chauvin became the first white police officer in Minnesota to be charged in the death of a black civilian. Officers rarely testify against other officers, due to the culture of backlash they get from their peers when doing so.
Are testimonies similar to this trial the secret to greater accountability with law enforcement?
The shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio has left people with a lot of mixed emotions. The story behind her shooting has conflicted one another and the body camera footage released shows her attacking another girl with a knife. Though this evidence paints her as an aggressor there are mentions that she came from an abusive environment with her foster parents and she contacted the police because her life was in danger.
No matter the source or the situation, Ma'Khia Bryant's life mattered.
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