Elected officials across the spectrum have an opportunity to bolster a new, health-centered paradigm for safety that invests in communities, not jails and prisons, to keep people safe.
One thing is certain: policing as we know it will not disappear overnight—nor should it.
If our laws are to mean anything, the ones that police officers are sworn to uphold and protect, the public needs to know that misconduct will be punished regardless of whether you are a citizen or a law enforcer.
This nation would do best acknowledging historical racism—the ways it lingers and compromises Black lives daily.
Our current moment demands action of similarly historic proportions to heal and transform the nation. We need a Third Reconstruction.
We need a complete overhaul of the current criminal justice system with bold reforms, even stronger new legislation protecting Black and brown lives and a criminal justice national reentry czar to even begin to see meaningful change.
"Low-income people have long struggled to secure quality access to the legal system," the White House said. In a presidential memo. Biden lists his intention to direct U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to develop a plan to better public access to quality legal aid within two months.
Chauvin was recently found guilty of the murder of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis. Now he could face another trial.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin's lawyer, filed a motion for a new trial on Tuesday, citing multiple grounds, including allegations of errors made by the judge.
The United States is at an inflection point as the public and elected officials reassess our system of laws and punishment.
No reasonable person watching that video could justify what Chauvin did—certainly not during the final several minutes when Floyd, incapable of offering resistance, cried for his mother and said he couldn't breathe.
"Perhaps we skip trials when there is audio and video footage of the murder," comedian Chelsea Handler suggested Tuesday on Twitter.
I have no brief for Derek Chauvin. What I saw on the video was inexcusable. But I do have a brief for the fair application of law to every defendant, even those whose conduct I abhor.
If America is sincere about opportunity, redemption and safety, the word "criminal" must no longer be used as an indelible stain.
Chauvin's trial is set to begin on March 29, with jury selection scheduled for next Monday.
"The driver of that truck had his family in there, and they were scared to death," said one Oklahoma Republican who authored a bill which provides full immunity to motorists who hit demonstrators on roadways.
Trump's approach showed the ability for a new president to set the tone during their first week, but some Democrats and activists question whether, from climate to criminal justice and immigration, Biden will have the appetite to exercise broad executive power as his predecessor did.
"For people who say 'systemic racism doesn't exist,' this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems," the congresswoman tweeted Saturday.
Harris has branded herself as a "progressive prosecutor," with supporters pointing to the fact that she was ahead of her time as she began her career during the "tough on crime era."
Joe Biden announced he selected California Senator Kamala Harris, who has decades of experience in criminal justice, as his running mate on Tuesday.
Marc Levin of Texas Public Policy Foundation's Right on Crime initiative debates Rafael A. Mangual of Manhattan Institute and City Journal.
His 2017, viral arrest led to the spark of an advocacy group.