World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 01 Apr, 2021 05:30 am

The trial of Derek Chauvin and the epidemic of police murder in America

The trial of Derek Chauvin and the epidemic of police murder in America
The deliberations over the last three days have confirmed what millions of workers around the world already know: George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 was a brutal police murder in cold blood.

On June 1, Trump—who encouraged police violence throughout his administration—threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act to deploy the military across the country and effectively declare martial law.This response was not simply or even primarily aimed at the popular protests against police violence.They sought to direct outrage over Floyd’s murder and the broader epidemic of police violence into a campaign based on stoking racial division.The Democrats, however, are no less culpable than the Republicans for the epidemic of police violence.

The prevalence of police violence in the United States is, at its root, a class question, not a racial issue.Any struggle against police violence cannot be waged on a racial basis.

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