The conviction of Derek Chauvin on all charges was right. While IntraSpectrum Counseling feels some sense of relief, verdicts are measures of individual accountability. The conviction does not absolve policing as a whole. And it does not resolve systemic racism.
Minutes after Chauvin’s verdict, police shot and killed yet another member of the Black and Brown community – 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio. Days before Chauvin’s verdict, police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburbs. And 3 weeks before Chauvin’s verdict, police shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo in the Chicago Little Village area. This systematic, state-sanctioned killing of Black and Brown bodies must end. Until a world exists where Black and Brown bodies live free of fear, there is no justice.
IntraSpectrum Counseling demands the defunding of the police, an end to the militarization of police, and an investment in true public safety that protects all bodies. That is the only way to accomplish true justice.
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