Pro-Accountability Police React to Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict
“The conviction of Derek Chauvin moved the American public because it was so exceptional — a guilty verdict was reached, and the Blue Wall was breached. We were moved, too, because George Floyd’s murder was so shockingly common. How many other Black lives have we lost at the hands of law enforcement, even just in the months since the video of Floyd’s death was released?
On April 20th, the jury sent a message that the policing profession can be held accountable to the rule of law, which is the bedrock of our democracy. We hope this will be the beginning of a new era of law enforcement accountability. Our country is a little stronger today.
But we must not lose sight of the need for further transformation. Police are still relied upon to do too much. Qualified immunity remains an obstacle for civilians victimized by police abuse of power. Officers are still incentivized to stay quiet in the face of misconduct. And tenuous relationships between police and many communities persist.
We must also acknowledge that real justice would be a world in which George Floyd is still alive. The trauma that his family has endured will not be erased by Chauvin’s guilty verdict. As law enforcement professionals who support police accountability, we will continue to work to build a society that is safer for all Americans and holds police to the highest standards of conduct.”
Lt. Diane Goldstein (Ret.), police veteran and executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is a nonprofit nonpartisan group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals who support policy solutions that improve police accountability, safely reduce incarceration, and improve public safety.