There’s only one way to get true justice for George Floyd. Change the law. 

A federal grand jury is meeting to decide whether Derek Chauvin violated George Floyd’s civil rights when he pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Imagine that. They have to decide after we saw what he did on video. He knelt on his neck, listening as George Floyd said he couldn’t breathe, listening as George Floyd called for his mother, listening as George Floyd struggled for air, and listening to the deafening silence as George Floyd died.

And here’s what we have to understand. George Floyd didn’t just die under the weight of Derek Chauvin’s knee. He died under the weight of racism, died under the weight of hatred. He died under the weight of a system that protects and defends itself. And as much as Black lives matter, speaking the truth about this system matters, too.

Because if you believe it’s likely that a federal grand jury will come to the right decision about George Floyd’s civil rights, I’ve got a bridge to sell you down 8th and Race. Better yet, let me sell you some facts.

The fact is, between 1995 and 2015, federal prosecutors refused to bring charges in 96 percent of civil rights cases against police officers. Ninety-six percent…

That means it’s highly unlikely that Derek Chauvin will be charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights. But there’s a solution, It’s called the George Floyd Justice in Policing act, and it makes it possible to sue cops personally for what they do, makes it easier for the justice Department to investigate whole police forces, and makes it easier to convict a law enforcement officer in a federal prosecution.

If the government wants us to believe there’s justice in this country, then they must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, sign it into law, and make sure this never happens again.

Photo: George Floyd Memorial, South Minneapolis. By. Chad Davis

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