Allow AOC to Explain How the Chauvin Verdict IsShortly? after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez took time to address the "complex emotions" the verdict has drummed up. In an Instagram Live video filmed in front of the Capitol building, the New York representative broke down how Chauvin conviction serves as just one small step in the necessary overhaul America policing and criminal justice systems must undergo.AOC began by echoing a similar sentiment that fellow congresswoman and Squad member Cori Bush proclaimed in a speech following the Feb. 20 verdict, explaining how she believes justice has ultimately not been served yet. "This isn justice," Ocasio Cortez said. "Justice is George Floyd going home tonight to be with his family. Justice is Adam Toledo getting tucked in by his mom tonight. Justice is when you pulled over, there not being a gun as part of that interaction becauseyou have a headlight out. Justice is your school system not having or being part of a school to prison pipeline. Justice is a municipality and a government that does not value military and armaments more than it values healthcare and education and housing."She added that she hesitant to call the conviction a matter of "full accountability" because there were several other police officers namely, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane who were at the scene of Floyd fatal arrest and have yet to be convicted of aiding and abetting in his murder. "It wasn just Derek Chauvin," she reminded viewers."Verdicts are not a replacement for policy change."The Democratic representative went on to explain how Chauvin conviction doesn mean the criminal justice system is "working" as it should be, and many new policies are still needed to create change from the ground up. "I also don want this moment to be framed as this system working because it not working," she said. "The fact thatwe were all glued to our television sets because we saw a murder in front of all of our eyes, and yet we didn know if there would be a guilty verdict, it tells you everything . . . Verdicts are not a replacement for policy change. "This is not about cameras and retraining and choke holds. This is about changing how we structure our society and the valuing of Black life," she said, later noting that Chauvin conviction should be seen as a pivotal "moment" rather than a "resolution." "This doesn end until we address the massive, systemic, institutional racism in the United States that accepts our Black brothers and sisters, our brown brothers and sisters, our native brothers and sisters as less than human.""It time to keep going. We have to keep going."Ocasio Cortez concluded her Instagram Live video with a rousing call to action for those viewing. "Keep pushing and keep fighting because we cannot just think that a verdict is gonna happen and act like that going to protect us and everybody else in this country," she said. "We can be placated with that. This is the most basic shred . . . It time to keep going. We have to keep going."The GuardianGeorge? Floyd should be alive todayFloyd is no martyr. To speak of him as such is a hollow kind of myth making. No, if justice were true, he would simply be 'What exactly does the incantation of "accountability" do?' Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images Tuesday's pageantry surrounding the verdict of Derek Chauvin's trial felt like a looming hand coming down to put placating pressure on the masses like a weighted blanket. There's little to say that can be considered truly revelatory, other than to be explicit about how perverse and orchestrated these events feel. The hours before the verdict consisted of filler dispatches from every news outlet. Here's what we know so far. What you need to know. Minutes to go. The likelihood of a conviction. What makes this trial different. How ubiquitous surveillance, not fervent,sustained protest, made it possible. Testimony from black journalists. The understanding that even more psychic weight would be placed on to them in the coming days, no matter the outcome. All of this solemnly, respectfully delivered, with similar sentiments echoed on social media, yet still the anticipation generated was closer to that of a major sports event. It's in moments like these that the notion of orchestration comes to mind. How else are we supposed to interpret these images? The unbroken, static shot as the judge recites the jury's decision, the drama of trying to interpret a reaction from Chauvin. Quiet and unadorned sensationalism. People will be writing about Chauvin's body language and the lack of feeling in his eyes. It's less vivifying to say he looked like a normal person, which, of course, makes all of this that much more horrible. In the almost year since George Floyd's now state recognized execution, the intense scrutiny on law enforcement has placed emphasis on police abolition, a messy, gargantuan undertaking that would fundamentally change the makeup of the United States if enacted. The fact that no one can definitively say what a post police world would look like has been fodder for skeptics, conservatives and police apologists to demonstrate the supposed stupidity of liberals and leftists. Indeed, on Tuesday, before and after the verdict, those opposed to abolition taunted its proponents who welcomed Chauvin's indictment. The sentiment being, "Oh, now you believe in the system." President Biden called Floyd's family to offer his support and, following the conviction, congratulated them. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, ever detached from reality, thanked George Floyd for his "sacrifice" in the pursuit of justice. In the Floyd family's company were relatives of Emmett Till, making even plainer the unbroken legacy of black murder so intensely rejected, so cloyingly and voyeuristically debated by this country. What is there to say about thissystem and its shepherds and this country's tacit embrace of them than to point out that even the sitting president could do little more than make a phone call? What exactly does the incantation of "accountability" do? In a press conference on Tuesday evening, Biden said that Chauvin's indictment was a reminder that no one is above the law. Not even the state's ultimate attack dogs, the police, who see more of themselves in an American like the Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse than George Floyd.In moments like these, people are fixated with the law's ability to deliver justice. There's something disgusting about the spectacle of it all. The waiting, the news coverage, the minutiae of what does or doesn't constitute criminal behavior, the gaslighting by public officials about hearing their citizens, the obsession with death and hagiography of those killed, the emotional flaying of black people's lives and the expectation to lay bare our anxieties and fears. But at a certain point, we are talking in circles or past one another. I don't doubt the statistics, maddening in their precision and simultaneous irrelevance, that cops kill many people and are rarely indicted for it. To hear something like that is to be faced with a notion beyond the obvious. I'm beginning to grow tired, as many of my friends already have, of allies and good intentions and the perpetual delay of common decency. I'm done indulging strangers who want to play the game of: "Does this concern me?" In moments like these, people are fixated with the law's ability to deliver justice Is there much to make sense of at this moment? I suppose the question presupposes that anything was confusing to begin with. For me, it brings to mind Achille Mbembe's 2019 book titled Necropolitics. In it, the Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist writes about the idea of "necropolitics", which looks at sovereignty and how it is tied to the state exercising control over mortality. Those who live under regimes of necropolitics as black Americans do face weapons and state based violence that create, in Mbembe's words, "death worlds, new and unique forms of social existence in which vast populations are subjugated to conditions of life conferring upon them the status of living dead". George Floyd exemplified Mbembe's concept well before his death. Every black soul does. But he's no martyr. To speak of him as such is a hollow kind of myth making. No, if justice were true, he would simply be. Which means Iagree with the president on one thing: George Floyd should be alive today. Many, many others should be too. Legislation that was once stalled on Capitol Hill is now closer than ever to consensus, lawmakers of both parties said Wednesday, a day after a Minneapolis jury found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Tuesday verdict launches "a new phase of a long struggle to bring justice to America," declared Rep. In George's name and memory, we are goingto make sure his legacy is intact," Harris said. "We really do believe that with your leadership and the president that we have in the White House, that we're going to make something good come out of this tragedy."Chauvin was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. The verdict was announced just after 4 pm on Tuesday afternoon at the Hennepin County Government Center. Credit: Ben Crump Law via StoryfulIsrael? picks Amazon AWS, Google for flagship cloud projectIsrael government chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google for a more than $1 billion project to provide cloud services for the country public sector and military. Amazon and Google beat out Microsoft, Oracle and IBM in the tender for the four phase project known as "Nimbus", the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday. They will establish local cloud sites in Israel with an initial investment of 4 billion shekels ($1.2 billion).Words that became a national chorus inthe months following the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed while being taken into police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day 2020. A disturbing cellphone video later posted to Facebook shows an officer pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on the back of Floyd neck while a handcuffed man repeats "I can breathe" and goes unconscious. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump announces he is representing Floyd family and "will seek justice.".

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