Last week, as the nation, and most assuredly the world watched, long history of racial injustice began to see justice served.
As Mark Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts -- second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter -- in the murder of George Floyd, an even longer history of police silence on police brutality against minorties ended.
Unanimously, other Minneapolis police officers and even Chief Medaria Arradondo testified against Chauvin, all stating during the trial that what was done was an excessive, and more importantly, unnecessary use of force in detaining Floyd.
And just as Chauvin’s knee to the neck of Floyd ended his life, the verdict and public denouncement by fellow police of Chauvin’s actions ended his career.
Gil Scott Heron famously said “the revolution will not be televised”.
But yet here it was, as we all got to see a policeman indicted by other
policemen for behavior that typically doesn’t get discussed.
The Blue Wall of Silence crumbled down. The Blue Wall of Silence, also known as Blue Code or Blue Shield, has long been noted as the understood rule of non- testimony, conversation, or reporting of police officers on other police
officers engaged in isconduct.
Far too many police officers have never talked or testified against their own, resulting in the justice they claim to provide, being denied for victims or their families.
Historically, most cases against the police for unjust deadly force resulted in not guilty verdicts, drastically reduced sentences, or even mistrials.
Minorities have especially been known to suffer the brunt of these verdicts, where irrefutable proof was presented, only to be deemed skeptical due to police inaction or silence during trials or investigations.
Last week was different. Last week, we saw what happens when police stand up to, and against murderers in their rank.
Last week, we saw the best result of police coming out and doing what they are sworn to do; protect and serve.
Last week, the revolution was televised.
And much like the falling of the Berlin Wall, we all got to see the Blue Wall of
Silence come down: with swift justice, at last.
Let’s hope this serves as precedent, where more of these cases end in these verdicts, as police rightfully police their own and hold.
Only then will we have proper police reform and public trust in their ability to serve their communities with integrity, honor, and truth.
And only then will the Blue Wall of Silence be in its proper setting: history.
It’s been said that “courage is contagious” -- let it be so now with our police.
For the last few weeks, I had been preparing to start a weekly podcast, and timely enough, it was only appropriate to have it’s first episode be titled ‘Justice’ in light of this.
My new weekly podcast “In My Night Mind” is available now on Spotify, where I further discuss my thoughts on this verdict and more.
In the meantime, we’ll all see if even more justice is handed down in the weeks to come, as other recent cases of possible police misbehavior are investigated, reviewed, and judged accordingly.
And let’s continue with the revolution.