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Expecting Peace After Chauvin Verdict? Don’t Hold Your Breath

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

Watching the horrific video of George Floyd dying under the knee of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, even before charges were filed last year, I called it the way I saw it: Murder.

I’m often accused of being pro-police to a fault. But for me the video was enough. Just as with the Laquan McDonald case in Chicago — the Black teenager shot 16 times by a white cop — it was the video.

But I wasn’t in that Minneapolis courtroom for the Chauvin trial. The jurors were in the courtroom. They made their decision on Tuesday: Guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter.

The jury did its job. That’s what juries are supposed to do — examine all the evidence, deliberate and review the facts in the cool light of reason, not in the passion of the moment. The justice system is not the media trolling for clicks or politicians playing one political tribe against the other. There was plenty of gasoline poured on this case during the past year with Floyd protests in cities and with some becoming violent outbreaks of destruction and looting.

Now that Chauvin has been proven guilty in court, will there be peace in the streets?

I’d like to believe that, but ...

 

For one thing, the activist left, the anti-police left, has great leverage now over Democratic mayors and the Democratic Party. It would be illogical to think they’d eagerly let that power go.

You might expect an appeal in the Chauvin case that will drag out, especially since U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a prominent Democrat, visited Minnesota and encouraged mob rule against the rule of law.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said in Minnesota before the verdict. “We got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

She got the verdict she wanted. And her fellow Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, defended Waters. Of course they’d defend her. They wouldn’t dare condemn her. Race-based identity politics is the core of the Democratic Party now.

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