Sunday, August 1, 2021

Derek Chauvin Sentenced: The Journal Of Steffanie Rivers

Derek Chauvin (with mic) in court1
Derek Chauvin (with mic) in court / YouTube screenshot

*Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the modern day lynching of George Floyd.

That’s less than what Chauvin deserves, especially considering this crooked cop only has to serve two-thirds of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

That means Chauvin only has to serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole. 

This lowball sentence speaks to how much value – or the lack thereof – America puts on the lives of Black people in general and Floyd specifically, who was murdered in the street in front of witnesses and subsequently the world after Darnella Frazier’s video went viral! I hope every day of his time in prison somebody reminds Chauvin of why he’s there….in their own special way. 

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When cops kill people in the line of duty they get little to no punishment. White people who attack cops get treated with kid gloves. But when a Black man is accused of attacking a law officer he gets attempted murder charges and no bond. It happened to Rocky Money Rudolph in Seminole County, Florida. They want to put Rudolph under the jail for something that started as a window tint violation, but was escalated by a deputy on the side of the road. Click on the video above for more details. 

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Steffanie Rivers

Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with your comments, questions and speaking inquiries. Follow her @TCBStef on Twitter and Instagram.

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