1. Chauvin was a police officer which by definition is a position of law enforcement authority.But Derek Chauvin wasn’t someone “in charge.” He was a police officer with a history of over-aggression on the job. He was an employee of the city hired to do a job like most regular people. People who do the hiring have no way of knowing if someone who comes in for an interview with the required qualifications is a “decent and morally upstanding person.”
What would have worked better was more transparency and a citizen review board so that Chauvin could have been put on probation after the first questionable incident and fired after the second. THEN, George Floyd wouldn’t have died the way he did.
2. He didn't just have a history of over aggression. He had 16 incidences of police brutality over a 20 year period and he never got discipline.
3. Policemen have to go through a rigorous background investigation in order to get the job. They know enough to surmise people of good reliable character most of the time.
- Written Examination - 4 hours
- Initial Interview - 1 hour
- Physical Abilities Test - 3 hours
- Oral Review Board - 1 hour
- Polygraph Examination - 4 hours
- Medical Examination - 4 hours
- Psychological Examination - 8 hours
- Background Examination 8 - 12 weeks
- Interview with the Chief of Police
So why did Chauvin get to keep his job for 20 years.despite his police brutality?
The CBA between the Minneapolis government and the police union shielded him from discipline. As a matter of fact, it shields every cop, regardless of skin color, from that any that type of discipline.
You want transparency in the process? Elect people who will enact those types of reforms.. not just promise them..