At Least 64 People Were Killed By Police During The Derek Chauvin Trial
On average, three people were killed by police during the trial.
April 29, 2021 at 4:16 pm
At least 64 people across the country have been killed at the hands of police since the start of testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial.
The trial for the former officer lasted for three weeks with many experts and witnesses sharing their testimony. Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd after the jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours.
From the start of testimony on March 29 until Chauvin's conviction, an analysis by The New York Times found that at least 64 other people were killed by police. The report also revealed that an average of three people were killed by the police during the trial.
According to the report, moments before prosecutors opened a case against the former officer, a 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by police as he turned around with his hands up.
The next day, a 32-year-old man was shot and killed at a hotel in Jacksonville.
As witness testimonies ramped up in the courtroom, another man suffering from a mental health illness and had previously expressed on Facebook was that he was hearing voices was killed during a shootout with New Hampshire police.
In addition to some people suffering from a mental health illness, other cases involved objects that resembled a weapon.
The publication gathered the startling number from gun violence databases, news media accounts and law enforcement releases.
The trend of police killing people continued each day of the trial and of those 64 people killed, more than half were Black and Latino.
While the jury found Chauvin guilty on two murder charges and a misdemeanor charge, activists were quick to declare that the verdict was not justice, but rather accountability.
Their declaration came just days before another Minnesota resident, Daunte Wright, was killed by a former officer who officials say accidentally discharged her firearm instead of a Taser.
“How many more losses must we mourn?” Miski Noor, the co-executive director of the Minneapolis-based activist group Black Visions, said after the killing of Wright.
Floyd’s death “is still scarred into our minds and yet history continues to repeat itself,” a statement from Noor continued. “Our community has reached its breaking point.”
The totality of police killings of Black people has sparked protests across the country and calls for reform, accountability and justice.
Democrats have worked toward passing the George Floyd in Policing Act which was approved in the House. The bill now awaits to be voted on in the Senate which President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have urged lawmakers to pass.
If the bill passes, chokehold would be banned and qualified immunity would be eliminated for officers, as Blavity previously reported.
During his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, Biden urged Congress to pass the police reform bill by the anniversary of Floyd's killing on May 25, Reuters reported.
"We need to work together to find a consensus," Biden said. "Let's get it done by next month, by the first anniversary of George Floyd's death."