Law enforcement in the United States is set to endure drastic changes in the months ahead as calls for police reform grow louder in communities across the country.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers unleashed a firestorm of anger from civilians, government officials, and members of the law enforcement community who were sickened by the excruciating video of Floyd’s final moments of life.
Fired officer Derek Chauvin, who is in now in jail awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge in Floyd’s death was captured on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck on a south Minneapolis street on May 25 as he pleaded to breathe before he lost consciousness.
Two other now-former officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, held Floyd down, and a third, Tou Thao, kept onlookers at bay. They were also fired and are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.
What happened to George Floyd is indefensible and it was met with universal condemnation – particularly in Minneapolis, where the mayor, city council, and police chief all expressed their disgust at the horrific actions of the four officers involved in Floyd’s death.
Meanwhile, government officials across the nation are scrambling to salvage what little trust remains between the black community and law enforcement officers. Universal agreement on how to achieve that goal, however, remains elusive.
Rick Snyder, President of the Fraternal Order of Police in the city of Indianapolis, has been a prominent voice of reason who continues to speak on the behalf of law enforcement officers. He joined the Hammer and Nigel show Thursday afternoon for a full hour of discussion with listeners. Click below to listen.