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A Hope for Better Policing

Alex Smith

Posted on April 11, 2021 06:05

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The ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin should hopefully lead to renewed discussion on police escalation tactics

The trial of police officer Derek Chauvin over his involvement in the death of George Floyd is underway, and many in this country have their eyes set on it. Replaying the video of Floyd's death makes us relive his suffering at the knee of the police all over again.

This trial is many peoples' hopes of seeing justice for a man that we all saw die begging for his life but there is no one can say for sure what the jury’s decision will be. Whether Chauvin is found guilty or not it is my hope that more effort will be made to provide better training for the police in de-escalation tactics.

The incident started over a fake $20 bill that Floyd allegedly used to purchase cigarettes. The clerk of the store, Christopher Martin, testified that he knew the bill was fake and that he thought Floyd may be under the influence of some substance. We now know that this was fentanyl according to the toxicology report. Martin took the bill then alerted his manager to it but wanted to just have the $20 taken out of his pay to avoid any confrontation. His manager refused and told him to get Floyd back in the store. When Floyd was not answering the call to come back inside, the police were called, and we know what happened after.

Fast forward to the trial where the Minneapolis police chief agrees that the way in which the officers handled George Floyd was improper given the situation. Despite Floyd's size, the fact that he was handcuffed and face down on the ground made him no threat to the officers. Humor me for a moment and try to get up from a face down position with your hands behind your back. In the time that it would take to get off the ground from that position trained police officers would easily be able to subdue you. George Floyd should have not died that day under those circumstances.

This is but one of many cases where excessive police force has led to the death of a citizen and I truly hope that this is a turning point.

Alex Smith

Posted on April 11, 2021 06:05

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