Derek Chauvin’s belief this week was a result of the actions of Black Lives Matter seekers and those who formed their own groups that had been pursuing justice for almost a year by killing George Floyd.
But as the freedom fighters rejoice Tuesday when the judge read the judges’ verdict in Minnesota – guilty on two counts of murder and one of murder – their festivities were shortened. It was reported that Ohio police had shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl in Ohio who the authorities said was beating two people with a knife.
Bryant died the same day as Chauvin’s sentence, and the day before he was to be resurrected Commitment Wright, a 20-year-old black man who was shot dead by police earlier this month in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, miles from the courtroom where Chauvin was convicted.
“I was slapped but at the same time it’s not surprising,” said Trahern Crews, co-founder and leader of Black Lives Matter Minnesota. “It just makes you realize we can’t rest.”
Crews’ views are shared by many human rights activists who want George Floyd’s justice: in the wake of Chauvin’s verdict, he says there is still a lot of work to be done in federal, state and local government to address it. violent police and other matters relating to justice between nations.
“The fight against crime and justice in America is not over,” said Rashad Robinson, President of Color for Change. “Chauvin’s case may be over, but what will happen next time in our history. We must do more than raise our voices; We must take action now.”
Meanwhile, all eyes are on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers work to secure a bipartisan deal state laws lighting police reform which can deal with conditions such as illegal reception and self-defense, and reduce officers’ safety in legal cases.
Money in Floyd’s name has passed the House of Representatives, but will need to be supported by at least 10 Republicans in the Senate if it is to be sent to the office of President Joe Biden to sign the law.
Progressives said the fact that the law was widely considered was a testament to the efforts of civil rights activists who have urged voters to force their elected representatives.
“We would not be a moment when we talk about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act without effort, without the Black Lives Matter, without all the people who took to the streets last summer,” said Tré Easton, a former Senate employee working with a leading Battle Born Collective.
“I don’t think you can tell the difference between the founders and the freedom fighters from here in any way,” he added. We cannot live here without them. ”
Investigators say much of the BLM did well due to organizational instability. Instead of having a strong government and a global leader, the group has become more and more popular, with local developers like Crews pushing for change in their region.
In Los Angeles, for example, BLM activists contributed to the election of George Gascón, a former police chief who wanted to change the case over a fraud that overtook a district attorney last November.
Andra Gillespie, a professor of political science at Emory University and an African-American political scientist, said the first steps could be effective in coercing the police and reforming other cases, because the government and government officials are in charge of policing in the United States.
“It’s one thing for Congress to go [federal] laws, ”he said. “But in the end, the police are the local issue, where government oversight is involved.”
Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter activists say they want to take part in the ongoing police war, including economic issues such as the repatriation of black Americans to slavery, in the coming months.
Last week, the House Legislative Committee voted to introduce HR 40 – a bill that would set up a committee to study retaliation and retaliate against Congress for the role the US government is in slavery and depriving black Americans of their rights – outside the first committee. This opens up the possibility of a dispute between the House, even if the chances of going to the Senate are low.
“This is the beginning of an era that will bring about new changes, especially closing the economic gap between nations,” Crews said. “I don’t think the HR 40 would have come out of the adjudication committee as it is if some of this is not happening on the ground.”
BLM and other human rights activists say what happened in Washington has been fueled by an influx of young, black, Democratic lawmakers, such as Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Nikema Williams of Georgia, who filled the space in the 80-year-old House John Lewis, a prominent human rights leader.
But investigators say the protests, which have taken place in the 11 months since Floyd’s death, have also included black supporters of all ages. This includes African-American lawmakers on Capitol Hill, such as Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who have previously seceded from the remaining Democratic Party.
“It’s a problem for many African-American people over the generations,” Gillespie said. “There have been disagreements over the last few years about fraud. . . but there is a chance for unity among all generations, perhaps because all agree that their future will be one. ”