The officer said, “I did what I thought was the best.”


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Chauvin Verdict Brings Police Relief and Some Resentment

Minneapolis — After 4 pm on Tuesday, all chattering stopped in the Roll Call Room of the 4th Police Station in North Minneapolis. Everyone’s attention was drawn to the TV on the wall. After that, a verdict was given. Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges, including the murder, for killing George Floyd last May. The station building remains silent, and inspectors are handling the meaning of the verdict after a year of tension and conflict, said Inspector Charles Adams, the commander of the school district. “It was just like awesome,” said Adams. It was a relief for him to sign up for the morning newsletter from the New York Times. Chauvin felt wrong and knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, shining a negative light on the police. However, the verdict rarely ended the months of turmoil and anxiety in his profession. “Many things are being thrown at us as law enforcement officers,” Adams said. “We don’t know how to go to the police in the future.” Police chiefs and unions across the country condemned Chauvin’s actions and praised the jury’s verdict, but not necessarily for the same enthusiasm and the same reasons. It wasn’t limited. Some said it wanted to regain confidence in the criminal justice system. Others have said it will help keep peace. And yet others have shown that it will pave the way for an “honest debate” about the police. The feelings of the Rank and File cop were more complicated: relief, a grudge against being blamed with Chauvin, and a mixture of their own uneasy thoughts in his shoes. “They think,’Man, I have to get out of the car and think long and hard before I get into something I don’t need to get in,'” said Jim. Pasco said. Fraternal Order of Police. At the Minneapolis station building, Adams heard statements from several police officers who believed in the defense’s allegations that drugs killed Floyd and Chauvin followed his training. “Some people think he made a live deal,” Adams said. “But many people think he is also guilty.” The full range of Chauvin’s fallout will be known on June 16th, when he will be sentenced. He is detained alone in the largest security prison cell in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, on the outskirts of Twin Cities. He is only allowed to exercise for one hour each day. Still, he is kept away from other prisoners. Prison officials said Chauvin was in a cell for his own safety. Outside of the Twin Cities, in the rural community with the “Back the Blue” banner on the front, Chauvin’s trials sometimes seemed to be far from the world. There, predominantly white police stations patrol the predominantly white community, and residents are often friends and relatives of law enforcement officers. In Gilbert, Minnesota, in a community of about 2,000 people three hours north of Minneapolis, police chief Ty Techar said he had only watched about an hour of the trial and 30 seconds of body camera footage. He said what Chauvin did was unacceptable in his division, but he could not say he agreed with the verdict. “I don’t know all the evidence to sit here and determine if he had a fair trial,” he said. “I haven’t scrutinized it enough,” he added. “Is it a second murder or manslaughter? I’m not sure about the case.” The police union has historically been the strongest defender of police officers, even those accused of cheating. They did not defend Chauvin, but some used the verdict as an opportunity to criticize the public figures who scrutinized the police. “We want to reach out to the community and express our deep remorse for their pain,” the Minneapolis Police Federation said in a statement. “In this case, there is no winner.” “We need to stop political overruns and stop racism of elected civil servants,” the statement said. “In addition, we need to stop splitting comments and do better to make Minneapolis, which we all love.” Police and union officials were elected with some community members. He argues that consistent pressure on law enforcement agencies by leaders can be detrimental. In Minneapolis, there are several efforts to significantly reduce the police station and create a new public security department. The Governor of Minnesota has come up with a bill restricting police closures for minor offenses. The Justice Department announced an extensive civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis police on Wednesday. Adams hesitated several police officers to perform even some of the most basic missions, such as traffic outages, and worried that such a situation could escalate and annoy them. I said there was. In New York, union leaders seemed to address such anxiety. After the verdict was announced, Ed Malins, chairman of the Sergeant Charity Association, wrote, “It’s hard to imagine when it’s difficult to be a member of law enforcement.” He warned members that all their actions were recorded and that “lawyer scores” were eager to sue them. “Our elected officials are helping to perpetuate the myth that we are enemies,” he added. Activists said such attitudes spoke of law enforcement resistance to being held accountable and allowed police abuse to continue. Some police officials said the opposition to Chauvin’s actions actually provided an opportunity for improvement. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison said: “It doesn’t make our job difficult. It’s where we have to train better, use best practices, and work the right way.” Kansas City, Missouri. The conviction was an important reminder for police officers to stay within training, said Rick Smith, police chief of the police. “I think executives understand that going out of the norm can lead to potential problems,” he said. “And this emphasized it 100 degrees across the country,” Adams said, believing that the judicial process ultimately helped the profession regain some of its credibility. Nine current and retired members of the Minneapolis Police Station, including the Chief of Police, testified to Chauvin in court. The testimony showed the public that Chauvin was not a representative of the Minneapolis police, Adams said. He said the prosecution’s allegations during closing arguments also helped with the allegations that the case was against Chauvin rather than the police. After Chauvin’s testimony by Chief Medalia Aradondo that he acted outside the department’s policy, Adams said he sent him a text message saying he was proud to belong to his staff. This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company