Seems like yesterday, when as a nation, when we woke up the day after Memorial Day to a horrific video of a white police officer killing a handcuffed -unarmed young black man. The short video which painfully spelled out a senseless death left most us in disbelief. The problem is that this kind of incident has happened for decades, and every time we live through hate yet AGAIN, something else just as terrible seems to take its place. Breaking news:  Fox9 KMSP has reported that 44-year-old Derek Chauvin - the police officer that was arrested and had been charged with second-degree murder - has been released from jail late this morning after having posted the $1 million dollar bond. Once again, let me repeat that shocking news - Derek Chauvin is free as of earlier this morning. Wow.

Chauvin had been at the Oak Park Heights prison since May 31. He was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter just four days after Memorial Day. The incident occurred at an intersection of a busy street in Minneapolis, police were called about a fake $20 bill. This is where a convenience store employee told police that a black 46-year-old George Floyd had purchased cigarettes with the counterfeit bill. Just 17 minutes later he would be unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers. The Officer whose knee would cause the death of Floyd was Derek Chauvin.

The family of George Floyd released this statement following Chauvin's release:  ”Derek Chauvin’s release on bond is a painful reminder to George Floyd’s family that we are still far from achieving justice for George. The system of due process worked for Chauvin and afforded him his freedom while he awaits trial. In contrast, George Floyd was denied due process, when his life was ended over a $20 bill. There was no charge, no arrest, no hearing, no bail. Just execution. Although George Floyd was denied justice in life, we will not rest until he is afforded full justice in death. The civil litigation team looks forward to our day in court.

The trial date for Derek Chauvin and three other officers that were there on that gut-wrenching day is March 8th.

 

So there you go, at least six months more of freedom for the man who took Floyd's life. Doesn't seem right, does it? For more on this story click here.