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Oakland, CA.The Coalition for Police Accountability commends all those who have worked to make Derek Chauvin accountable for murdering George Floyd. The prosecutors, the witnesses and the jury have done their jobs and, in this case at least, justice was served. There are many more cases of police killing Black people that still must be prosecuted before we can say that the tide of injustice has been turned, but we should savor this moment and hope that that real change is coming.
Of all the methods of making police accountable, nothing is more important than this simple tried and true one–an effective criminal penalty. Killers must be prosecuted and put away, even those who wear blue uniforms.
That’s not easy in California, where the so-called police officers’ “bill of rights” gives criminals who happen to be police officers special legal protections.
It’s time for Governor Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta and California legislators to recognize police accountability as the critical issue that it is. C
“No justice, no peace” is a slogan often used in social justice demonstrations. But it’s far more than a slogan–it’s a simple statement of fact.