What has been lost in the coverage of the guilty verdict for former Milwaukee police officer Derek Chauvin is the fact that before he was elevated to sainthood in death, George Floyd was a career criminal imprisoned numerous times for a variety of major felonies and as his autopsy verifies, he was high on illegal drugs, though diagnosed with chronic heart disease and positive for COVID-19. Police were initially called on the day of his death because he was engaged in the crime of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill in a store. At 6’4″ and weighing 223 lbs, Floyd was difficult to restrain as he resisted arrest. Officer Chauvin is 5’9″ and weighs 140 lbs. On Tuesday Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Jurors were under intense pressure to render the verdict they did, fearful of riots, arson and looting, or what the left-wing media has come to minimize as “unrest.” They were also aware of the $27 million payment awarded to Floyd’s family by the Milwaukee City Council.
The deck was stacked. Judge Peter Cahill erred in not seeking a change of venue from the city where tensions ran high and not sequestering the jurors. Pres. Joe Biden publicly weighed in saying he was, “Praying for a guilty verdict.” VP Kamala Harris opined, “I think there needs to be a consequence and accountability for people who break the law. Period.” She obviously was not referring to Floyd. Both Biden and Harris hold law degrees and understand the impropriety of their statements, but the fact remains, such incendiary words resonate with their base. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters another democrat, stated in advance of the verdict that “protesters need to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational.”
To advance their political agenda, the left has race hustled, as prolific conservative columnist, author and professor, Dr. Thomas Sowell, then a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University wrote in 2016 in his column “War on Cops.” Now retired, his words still ring true as they relate to the race fraud that has been foisted upon the black community by those who benefit from what Sowell, who is black and rose from poverty to prominence, referred to as the “poisonous atmosphere” perpetrated by career race hustlers and racist institutions like the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Akin to “white privilege,” “systemic racism” is a massive deceit crafted by democrats to advance their political power. They are now pushing legislation for reparations for slavery to be paid to people who never were slaves by others who never owned slaves. For the political left to remain relevant, they need members of their constituency to feel oppressed and victimized. Extolling the USA as the land of opportunity where people of all races can succeed doesn‘t fit their narrative asserting inescapable minority victimhood.
Derek Chauvin will no doubt spend the rest of his life in prison. Three other officers, one a rookie, who were at the arrest scene, have yet to be tried.