The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week’s Who Won the Week winner is justice. Well, at least one instance of justice.Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty this week of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter related to the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against the neck of Floyd, who is black, for nine minutes and 29 seconds. While Chauvin’s knee was pressed against his neck, Floyd was also restrained and subdued prone against the pavement. Floyd, who cried out that he couldn’t breath and who called out to his deceased mother, died from this encounter. The jurors deliberated for just 10 hours before finding Chauvin guilty on all three counts against him.
This case was remarkable in several ways. Bystanders video taped much of what happened that day back in May of 2020. Those videos graphically illustrated the abuse Floyd experienced — abuse that ultimately resulted in his death — at the hands of Chauvin and other white police officers. Watching those videos made it impossible for anyone to not see the truth to the charges.
The other remarkable thing was that, breaking with the “blue wall of silence,” Minneapolis police officials testified that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was excessive and violated both his training and police protocols.
So, yes, in this one case of George Floyd, justice was served. But does Chauvin’s conviction do anything to really alter the system that has protected police officers from years of abusive behavior toward blacks? The question is whether or not this one case will actually lead to real police reform, or will we return to business as usual once the headlines have disappeared?
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?