This "Guilty" Officer Faces Prison – But Also Protections

A Justice For George sign outside the Hennepin County Government Center
Zain Murdock
May 10, 2021

George Floyd’s murderer, former officer Derek Chauvin, could face 40 years in prison. But last year, Black prison guards weren’t even allowed to guard Chauvin – and that’s not the only way he has and will continue to be protected.

After his verdict, Chauvin went to a maximum-security prison. More specifically, “administrative segregation,” which essentially means he has his own cell and constant watch – by likely sympathetic guards.

Usually, they put people they deem “dangerous” in these cells so they won’t hurt other people. But if you look at the history of former police officers in prison, it’s the other way around!

Historically, officers opt for a prison in another region, so people they’ve arrested in the past won’t recognize them. Some even go to the “sex offender wing” because there are fewer violent assaults there. 

Or they get sent to the “healthcare wing,” where they can be kept safe because everyone there is sick!

Many are starting to understand that jailing these officers just isn’t true justice. The system that usually protects white officers from getting sentenced in the first place is the same system that will protect Derek Chauvin in prison. 

We can't bring back Black people murdered by police – so the best we can do is abolish this system that killed them in the first place!

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