Because of capitalism, racism and ableism, the darkest and poorest peoples in the United States are relegated to live precarious lives where they do what they can to survive, sometimes including breaking the law. Rather than eliminating the unjust conditions, cities and the federal government send in police to manage the inequality.So says Derecka Purnell, a Guardian US columnist. And clearly, someone who believes there should be no consequences, ever.
Despite the increasing convictions, the police nationwide still kill about three people a day. Just a few years ago, Minnesota convicted a cop for a murder while on duty for the first time. Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to about 12 years. Why didn’t all of these convictions save the thousands of people who were killed after them? Why didn’t Chauvin get the message?
Why didn't they?
Why didn't any of them think 'Ooh, maybe resisting arrest or trying to kill the cops isn't such a good idea...'?
As the nation awaited the jury verdict’s reading against Chauvin, a white cop in Columbus, Ohio killed Ma’Khia Bryant, a 15-year-old Black girl. According to Bryant’s family, the teen reportedly called the police for help because older kids were trying to assault her. Police arrived during the altercation and shot Bryant four times.
And we can all see why. It was to save the life of the girl she was about to stab.
If we want to live, then we must continue to join, support and create social movements and protests to end policing.
So that teenage girls are free to stab others without consequence?
Organizations like Critical Resistance, the Movement for Black Lives, Dream Defenders and various “defund the police” campaigns across the country are articulating ways to make change. We have to decide whether we have the will and imagination to join them.
It's not 'will and imagination' you're lacking. It's basic morals and common sense.