An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
DEREK CHAUVIN was found guilty in the court of public opinion long before the judge read the verdicts at the end of his trial yesterday. The ex-Minneapolis police officer was convicted on charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd that occurred almost a year ago, and is likely to spend decades in prison.
Based on the evidence presented during the two-week trial, the verdicts were just but the process left much to be desired.
The case has been a social time bomb from the start, when cellphone video was posted of Floyd’s arrest and the now-infamous nine minutes-plus of Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s back and neck.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.