Rest In Power

Kassandra Hernandez, Feature Writer

After many centuries, and efforts by our government to make every American equal, we are still facing challenges and  tragedies among minorities. On May 25  2020, George Floyd, a 46 year-old African-American man was killed in Minneapolis while being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill.

Derek Chauvin and three others with the name of Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao where the former police officers that were involved in the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. His murder trial began on March 8, 2021 in the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Court, and concluded on April 20 when the jury found him guilty in all three charges. Currently he is incarcerated at MCF Oak Park Heights and awaiting sentencing. As for the other three former officers, they must now put together their own defense strategies for a joint trial that begins August 23, 2021. All of them face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence claims the following:  “We hold these truth’s to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. What happened with George Floyd is unacceptable. Such vile acts of violence by a police officer to an American citizen deserved consequences and justice for his loved ones. We as the people must alter society in order to prevent anything like this to repeat in the future. We must remember that there are younger generations behind us that in the near future will be the face of America. In that case, it it majorly significant that we use our morals and values to set a great example of a true society.