1 verdict, then 6 police killings across America in 24 hours

1 verdict, then 6 police killings across America in 24 hours
Hazel Bryant is embraced after addressing a crowd with her anger at the Columbus Police over the shooting of her niece, Ma’Khia Bryant, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Even as the former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin’s verdict was very recent in memory — the reading of the verdict in a Minneapolis courtroom, the jubilation at what many saw as justice in the death of African American George Floyd and the shackling of the former police officer — even then, police killings are still happening and blood flowed on America’s streets.

And even then, some of that blood was shed at the law enforcement officers’ hands.

Across the United States, at least six people were fatally shot by officers in the 24 hours after jurors reached a verdict in the murder case against Derek Chauvin on Tuesday. The roll call of the dead is distressing:

A 42-year-old man in eastern North Carolina.

A 16-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio.

An oft-arrested man in Escondido, California.

An unidentified man in San Antonio.

A 31-year-old man in central Massachusetts.

Another man, also killed in tMassachusetts within hours of the first.

In some cases, the deaths sparked new cries and urgencies for justice. Some said they want to see an urgent need for radical changes to policing in America — a need that the Chauvin verdict cannot paper over.

For others, the shootings and killings are a tragic reminder of the dangerous and difficult decisions law enforcement face daily.

The circumstances surrounding each of the police killings differ widely. Some happened while officers investigated serious crimes. Police say some of the people were armed with a gun, a metal pole, or knife. One man claimed to have a bomb with him that he threatened to detonate.

In several cases, little is known about the lives of those of the victims at the hand of police and what happened in their final moments.

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