The trial of police officer Derek Chauvin began this week. The Minnesota police officer was filmed in May of last year kneeling on the neck of George Floyd. Floyd died from his injuries sparking police brutality protests around the country.
The country has a bad record of not convicting police officers in brutality cases. And while the evidence against Chauvin is damning, many feel that there is still a chance that the former cop avoids conviction. If that happens, Van Jones says, it would prove police officers can get away with murder in broad daylight.
Jones made the comments on Chris Cuomo’s Monday night show. He told the host, “Today brought it all back home for tens of millions of people. Everybody I’m talking to is … frustrated, retriggered, retraumatized. Seeing that video, seeing the complete contempt for life.”
The CNN pundit and former Obama staffer then made a prediction. “The system is on trial here. If this is considered legal conduct from a police officer, if you can do this in broad daylight and not go to jail, it will be perceived as open season, telling police officers from coast to coast you can literally get away with murder in broad daylight.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
"Today brought it all back home for tens of millions of people," says CNN's Van Jones about the first day of Derek Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd. "If this is considered legal conduct from a police officer… it will be perceived as open season." pic.twitter.com/eqgjzMiJAw
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) March 30, 2021
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