Derek Chauvin’s conviction of murdering an unarmed black man, George Floyd, on Tuesday brought relief to his family and called for police and subsequent fights for racial justice to continue. ..
Floyd’s brother Rodney said on Tuesday, “I mean, I’m in tears of joy, so it’s so emotional that I’ve never had a family in history.” “We know it’s not over yet,” he added.
As a community member and activist Was told IndependentThe movement begins long before George Floyd was killed and continues until the entire system is built on the basis of racial equality. They are cutting out their work for them.
According to data, police in Minneapolis are often carried out by police officers who do not live in the city, picking blacks for disproportionate arrests and violence, and taking any form of internal or criminal discipline when off line. I rarely face it. And they are endowed with large amounts of resources in the face of deep underlying inequality.
The unequal crackdown in Minneapolis is numerically:
Officers from outside the town
Charles McMillian, one of the bystanders who saw Floyd die, called Chauvin Previous patrol in the neighborhood..But the majority of Minneapolis police officers, 92% According to some estimates, Living outside the city, which is one of the highest proportions in the country.
Through the trial Many present And former Minneapolis police officers As an outside expertChauvin, a 19-year veteran of the army who received it, testified About 900 hours of trainingDuring his deadly arrest of Mr. Floyd, he did not follow the rules of the department. Of course, this is not part of the official training, but the data suggest that it is actually quite normal for Minneapolis police to use disproportionate forces against blacks.
by CNN analysisThe year after George Floyd’s death, blacks were the target of more than 60% of police use of force in Minneapolis, but accounted for about 20% of the population.Another recent Research, From New York Times, Officers 7 times more likely Empower blacks.
Biased suspension and arrest
These same imbalances are carried over to the way Minneapolis police and the entire state of Minnesota have historically chosen who to arrest for what. In 2018, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reportedly ordered police to stop low-level marijuana puncture wounds. Almost everyone they arrested for such crimes was black..Still, in 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Minnesota branch said that blacks 5 times or more While likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana in Minnesota, another report reports that black Minnesota in the Minnesota-St. Paul region as a whole 11 times more than whites.. Between June 2019 and May 2020, black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of Minneapolis’s regular transportation stops.
In addition to these massive inequality, individual police officers are rarely punished in cities or states for harming those who care for them.
Still, the city of Minneapolis averages over $ 3 million a year Settle proceedings against police In the last 10 years.And it doesn’t even count recent ones $ 27 million settlement With George Floyd’s family.
Other than these settlements, official accountability to officers is rare. In 2012, the city established the Police Behavior Review Office to evaluate complaints about individual police officers.Over 2600 complaints over the next 8 years 12 police officers being disciplined, Suspended for a week with the most severe punishment.
It was largely excluded from the trial, but Chauvin himself Long record using force,often For people of color, It lasted for days Just before he arrests George Floyd And as a result 22 complaints or internal investigation With his 19 years of power, but the only formal example of discipline. His conviction is believed to be the second time a Minnesota police officer on duty has been convicted of murder in the history of the state and the first for a white police officer.
The Minneapolis Police budget is as extensive as the list of community complaints against the sector.Minneapolis only cut millions from the mayor after Mr. Floyd was killed and after months of phone calls to redirect city funds to housing, health, etc. Proposed $ 179 million 2021 police budget..According to the city, the city spends about six times more on police than on health 2021 budget, The ratio that has not changed since the death of George Floyd.
Unequal and progressive cities and states
Despite their reputation as progressive shelters, both Minneapolis and Minnesota are highly unequal in almost every indicator.Blacks Double the chance of dying Percentage of drug overdose in Minnesota. In 2018, there was an income gap of nearly $ 50,000 between white and black families in Minneapolis. Second highest in the country According to a 2021 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the states Fourth worst racial homeowner gap..
What do community members want to change?
Many since Twin Cities see Floyd’s death as evidence that much more change is needed than a single conviction.
“If we consider the whole justice to be put together in this case, I think it would be a big miscalculation for us as a community,” said Jeremiah Ellison, a Minneapolis city council member.Independent..He is pushing completely Dissolved Minneapolis Police Station And replace it with a more comprehensive public security agency.
“If you want to respect his legacy and what George Floyd has in the hands of the current public security system, make systematic changes or, as we’ve seen in the last few days, this is us. It’s your responsibility. It will continue to happen, “he said.