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Widdershins, something truly extraordinary happened yesterday. Derek Chauvin, the psychopathic cop who was caught on video killing a Black man in cold blood, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Across the country, but especially in Minneapolis, the celebration and relief were palpable. Even though the officer’s guilt was documented clearly for all the world to see, and was not questionable by any seeing human being, most people were cautious in their hopes for accountability.

After all, murdering police officers are so rarely convicted for their crimes.

Garrett said there are hundreds of instances where police use deadly force each year but despite the fatality, very few of those incidents result in an officer facing criminal charges.

In the aftermath of Chauvin’s guilty verdict, Garrett believes there will continue to be a “rethinking” of how and when officers should be held civilly and criminally liable when they cause a death. The problem is that there is very little data available on deadly force used by police.

In police brutality cases, the question is whether the officer accused of misconduct acted “reasonably” and their behavior was necessary under the circumstances — but how “reasonable” is defined remains largely elusive.

“There are so few cases that tell us what reasonable is, and that’s why a conviction in the Derek Chauvin trial would set a standard for reasonable that we didn’t have before,” said Gloria Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and civil rights attorney.

The Chauvin trial is a rare example of “zealous prosecution” in hundreds of years where prosecutors have failed to prosecute White people for crimes against Black people, Browne-Marshall said.

So the Chauvin trial turned out the way it should have, which is a rare victory for the forces of social justice. But not everyone felt that way. Some seemed to feel that Chauvin, as a white man, should have had the right to kill George Floyd however and whenever he wanted to. (No wonder the Republican House voted against Kamala’s anti-lynching law in 2019!) If you look over at Foxnews.com (don’t worry – I did it for you and I need disinfectant), you’ll see some normal-seeming headlines surrounded by batshittery: a straightforward description of the verdict is in the same space as accusations of “mob justice” from Candace Owens and Democratic extremism from some random Black guy in a MAGA hat. (I don’t know who he is, and my life is better for it.)

As so many have said, this is one very tiny step towards a better world, and it wouldn’t have happened if some very brave people didn’t record the murder on their phones. What will happen to the police officers who murdered a 15-year-old girl in Columbus on the same day the verdict was returned (yes this really f*cking happened)? What about Chauvin’s fellow officers who helped him – what will become of them when they are tried in August? Will the Senate be able to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act now? (I predict no, not without reforming the filibuster!)

So many questions about what comes next…at least we’re asking them knowing George Floyd’s killer will be held accountable.

Ze thread, she is ouverte.

Remember the 80’s poster with the nattily attired gentleman leaning against the Rolls whilst hoisting a glass of bubbly? It was amusing at the time. The 80’s had horrific interest rates, so business could be stimulated by lowering interest and tax. Per Reagan, money would “trickle down” to Main Street. The upshot was, of course, that Wall Street prospered and Main Street lagged behind.

An unemployment rate of 5% is considered to be the norm. In 1980, it went close to 10%, but came down gradually (with occasional spikes) until it reached the baseline of 5-6% at the turn of the century. Professor J. Bradford DeLong of Cal-Berkeley did this graph, which represents a 40-year period of American history. I think that it is reasonable to infer that the draft stifled unemployment from the 60’s through the early 70’s as well.

Nostalgic, anyone? Professor DeLong will need a much larger graph to document today’s statistics. The government admits to a roughly 10% rate of unemployment, but that only accounts for those individuals who currently receive benefits. CNN further quantifies the unemployment rate in an article published 12/04. They state that unemployment for blacks is 15.6%, Hispanics 12.7%, whites 9.3% and Asians 7.3%. According to these figures, the gap between white and black unemployment is 6.3%, compared with 3.5% in August 2007. I saw Maxine Waters on TV a week or so ago, and she said that the actual unemployment rate in some of her districts is closer to 50%.

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