Why The Chauvin Verdict Is Good

April 21st, 2021 | RR

If you're even reading this first sentence, you must be open-minded enough to hear me out. I'll start by saying that the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was further testament to the clown world we are living in, in the sense that he was convicted on both murder and manslaughter charges. I'll also say that the way BLM and politicians politicized the trial and threatened violence in the face of anything but a guilty verdict was disgusting. It's difficult to say it was a fair trial based on those facts, but it's also difficult to say that the verdict should have been not-guilty on all counts. It's possible to walk and chew gum at the same time, so this is why we should accept the verdict as a good thing while continuing to condemn the way the trial unfolded and how activists behaved.

The trial exposed the hypocrisy of liberals who cheer when police rough up anti-maskers, but cry when police do the same to anyone with a darker skin tone. The new argument I have faced in debates with friends implies that politicians are to blame for lockdowns and, therefore, are also to blame for police who rough up lockdown violators. Somehow, though, these same people fail to realize that politicians are also responsible for most other laws, including the ones George Floyd broke.

Resisting arrest, passing counterfeit money, theft—they're all laws passed by politicians and courts. There is no excuse for how Derek Chauvin put his knee on George Floyd's neck for nine straight minutes while he gasped for air and said he couldn't breath, and how he kept it there even after Floyd became unresponsive. There is also no excuse for how a Peel officer in Ontario roughed up a twelve-year-old boy on a scooter, or how Calgary cops wrestled a teenager to the ground and threatened to taser him for playing hockey outside.

The way cops have behaved through these unreasonable lockdown measures is why we should look at the Derek Chauvin verdict as a good one. We all benefit by putting police on notice and by sending the message that they can no longer assault us, abuse us, or murder us. Not any of us. From now on, they can start expecting consequences for their actions—hopefully in Canada as well.

There will be some long term and negative consequences for the verdict, but we'll find ways to deal with them when we get there. Police will not only become more careful with how they deal with dangerous perpetrators, they will also become more reluctant to respond to calls in minority black and ethnic neighbourhoods. I mean, why bother putting your whole life and future on the line by going into a neighbourhood where you'll find that kind of trouble—or where you might be charged and convicted for murder if things go sideways? I wouldn't do it.

The most likely solution will probably involve more racism.

Aside from a possible new style of justice that revolves around mob violence, police forces and governments will probably assign black cops to black neighbourhoods and ethnic cops to ethnic neighbourhoods. Certain municipalities and cities might create race-based volunteer and community policing organizations, or go down the road of problem-oriented policing in the roughest, blackest neighbourhoods. Unlike traditional policing, community policing is more focused on solving the social issues and developing relations with members of the community—which is in contrast to the straight-forward “arrest and charge” model of traditional policing.

Of course, these kinds of community-based police models would probably only apply to black and ethnic neighbourhoods, leaving troubled whites to face the traditional model that leads with arresting and throwing offenders straight into the slammer. Black neighbourhoods will get a lighter style that involves a good lecture and, maybe, a slap on the wrist. In efforts to reduce systemic racism and police brutality, liberal politicians will start promoting these kinds of race-based alternatives.

As for lockdowns and police who rough up twelve-year-olds for being outside, the Chauvin verdict sends a strong message. Regardless of race, more police need to be held accountable for their actions. Times have changed and the days of being able to beat someone, or kill someone, without consequences have come to an end. Your badge no longer guarantees you a free pass on acting like a thug.

With that said, everything should be treated on a case-by-case basis. The idea that all cops are racist murderers is pure nonsense. There are times when shooting someone is justified. Cops should always have a right to defend themselves in dangerous situations, without fearing a murder conviction. Most cops are still good cops and most criminals are still criminals. We need cops and they need us. This is why we should be pushing for body-cams and various other things that could protect both cops and the wrongly accused.

Evidence is always good. The more we have, the better off we are.

It's unlikely that the Chauvin verdict will start setting precedence everywhere. A lot of cops will still get off and a lot of juries won't be under the same scrutiny and threat as the Chauvin jury. It does, however, show us that times have changed. We can do with more accountability among police, but we should continue to reject trials by mob. We should push for more strict sequestration and fewer cameras in courtrooms. Judges should issue more gag orders and politicians should hold their own more accountable. We can turn the worst parts of this trial and verdict into lessons, while accepting the good that came from it.

Above all, we need to hold the media more accountable. More than anyone, they sensationalized the trial, whipped up anger and racism, and pushed the narrative of activists and left-wing mobs.

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