Yes, every Cop is Derek Chauvin; Let me Explain why - OPINION
Shawn Randall Thomas
As the republic explodes in this recent uprising over police abuse, we are seeing something unprecedented; that is, police nationwide acknowledging that the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police was wrong.
Generally speaking, police either seek to justify the killings they commit or remain publicly silent.
But the overwhelming response to the killing of Floyd last month from the general public has also overwhelmed police nationwide as cities across the country erupt in protests and riots.
This time, police were unable to remain silent or attempt to justify the murder, so for the first time in recent history, we are seeing police, not just nationwide but across the globe, condemning Derek Chauvin for his actions. Essentially throwing a cop under the bus for doing what cops do on a daily basis, dubiously proclaiming to the world that they are not Derek Chauvin.
If it isn’t already clear, let me be clear: I’m calling horse shit! The depraved murder of George Floyd, the snuff flick watched around the world was uniquely typical to American police. It happens daily. It just doesn't always get caught on video.
Derek Chauvin is not an abomination in the world of police; he’s not an obscurity. He’s actually the type and kind that gives the police the “no nonsense” reputation they are so proud of.
In fact, Derek Chauvin is such a typical American cop that I can easily see all cops saying that they are Derek Chauvin during their usual aggressions: “Shut the fuck up! I’m Derek Chauvin!” “Back the fuck up! I’m Derek Chauvin!” “Fuck your breath! I’m Derek Chauvin!” As opposed to “Freeze in the name of the law!”
Identifying as Derek Chauvin would be most appropriate as most cops are not operating from a place of “law”, they are operating from that demonic place that can now be cited as “Derek Chauvin.” I guess that it could be cited as the new “Chauvinism.”`
It is wholly disingenuous for the police to now distant themselves from Derek Chauvin...but are they really? What is it about Chauvin they are claiming they are not?
Is it the racism he is accused of displaying? The callous indifference? The results of his actions? Or the fact he was caught?