Even though the Derek Chauvin case is still fresh in our minds – the pronouncement of sentence in a Minneapolis courtroom, the shackling of a former police officer, the jubilation over what many thought was justice in the death of George Floyd – people continue to die at the hands of police officers in America.
At least six people have been killed by officers across the United States in the 24 hours since a jury reached a verdict in the Chauvin murder trial Tuesday. Among those killed was a 16-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio. The circumstances of each death vary widely. In some cases, little is known about the lives of those killed and what happened in their final moments. Police report that some of the men were armed with a gun, a knife or a metal pole. One man claimed to have a bomb, which he threatened to detonate.
In some cases, the deaths sparked renewed calls for justice. Americans believe there is an urgent need for radical change in American policing, a need that Chauvin’s conviction cannot undo. For others, the shooting is a tragic reminder of the difficult and dangerous decisions law enforcement faces every day.
Deadly confrontations are just a small fragment of the thousands of daily interactions between American police officers and civilians, most of which end safely, police say.