Our nation is in some sort of flux between turmoil and salvation.
On one hand, we appear to have reached a cultural awakening that brings us ever closer to the promise of our founding fathers, who believed that all are created equal, and that we have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
On the other hand, we’re staring down the barrel of martial law and the suppressing of our First Amendment rights.
This all stems from the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and the gruesome video of the incident that subsequently made the rounds on social media.
The officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck until his death was arrested 4 days after the video surfaced, and charged with 3rd degree murder. Now, over a week later, there has been a monumental shift in that case.
Derek Chauvin now faces a charge of second-degree murder in addition to earlier charges, and three other former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in George Floyd’s death face charges of aiding and abetting murder, according to new court documents.
In addition to Chauvin, the three other officers named in criminal complaints are Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane. All four police officers were fired one day after Floyd died on Memorial Day.
Criminal complaints against the four were formally filed Wednesday, as Brian Bakst of Minnesota Public Radio reports.
While this is a small step forward in the push for an end to radical injustice, it has not put much of a dent in the size of the nationwide protests, which have stretched into their ninth day.