How a country redeemed itself
What is most remarkable and what really eloquently testifies to the deeply rooted values of freedom and fair play in the United States is the speedy delivery of justice. George Floyd was assassinated on May 25, 2020. Less than a year later, on April 21, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder! He was sentenced on June 25, 2021.
Derek Chauvin can be blamed, because unlike in India, the ‘system’ involving the police and the state did not coexist to protect a ‘mortal sin’. Several members of the Minneapolis Police Department, including Chief Medaria Arradondo, testified during the trial that Chuavin’s placing his knee on Floyd’s neck was clearly wrong and a violation of the department’s policy on the use of force.
“It was a murder in broad daylight, and it ripped the blind out for the whole world to see,” President Biden said in nationally televised commentary. “Systemic racism is a stain on the soul of the country.”
Where does India’s police stand in comparison?
Compare such noble feelings with India. In India, the police and the state habitually defend the unforgivable because the ‘system’ here works on an undeclared principle that the state can do no wrong. Further, it holds that by admitting the fault of the state or its employees, the state will lose its moral right to ‘rule’ its citizens.