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Former Minneapolis police officer: the guilty verdict of George Floyd's killer is a 'tragedy'

Diana Rus


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Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict is cataloged as a 'tragedy' by a former Minneapolis police officer because it can start a 'new trend' of sending cops to prison.

Derek Chavin was found guilty by the jury on murder and manslaughter charges in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. Floyd's death was caused by a lack of oxygen caused by Chauvin's pressure on his neck, as it was testified at the trial by experts.

Floyd's death generated worldwide protests and reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement, so on Tuesday as the jury announced the final verdict, it was a day of justice and joy after a very long time of debating.

What was seen as a great win for the Black Lives Matter movement in the entire world, for a former police officer it was a day of disappointment. According to Insider, a former police officer from Minneapolis that served for nearly three decades before quitting told in an anonymous interview that he was shocked by Derek Chauvin's conviction.


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He said he didn't expect the jury to find Chauvin guilty on all three charges, and he describes the whole thing as a 'tragedy'.

The jury got it wrong, I believe. But you gotta respect their decision," the former officer said.

It is not the first rodeo for this former police officer, as in a previous interview he stated that he doesn't think the officer committed a crime and he believes that Floyd died of a drug overdose.

Now he is back again with even more statements in which he also shares the opinions of some former coworkers that also expressed disappointment after the trial.

"They all believe that Derek didn't stand a chance at a fair trial," he said.

As the former Minneapolis police officer declares, Derek Chauvin didn't have the chance to a fair trial, and also as per one of his former coworkers, Derek Chauvin was a "sacrificial lamb".

"When they came back that quick, I knew he was screwed. I knew it," he said. "I've never seen, in all my years of work, a jury come back that quick on such serious charges. Never." 

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The former police officer said that he was shocked at how quickly the jury deliberated before they announced the final verdict.

He said he felt the jury "was under tremendous pressure to 'make it right' for George Floyd."

As he left the police days before Chauvin's trial began, the former police officer said he is glad he left, and also he believes that the jury decision could result in more officers going to jail in the future as it sets a precedent.

"It's the new trend now. They're sending cops to prison," he said.

In the end, the former Minneapolis police officer is pointing to the enormous tragedy that Floyd's death is for everybody.

"The whole thing is a tragedy," he said. "George Floyd dying is a tragedy for sure. What happened to Chauvin's family and his wife is horrible."
"The whole thing is just sad. It's really upsetting to me," the former officer said. "It's a lose-lose deal for everybody."

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What do you think about this situation? What do you think about what the former Minneapolis police officer said? What do you think about the verdict in George Floyd's case?




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