Finally, former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of the murder of George Floyd which occurred May 25, 2020. The Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty of all three charges and is facing charges of second-degree murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. American actress Natasha Rothwell took to Twitter following this announcement and posted, “This is accountability, not justice. Remember that.” Since then, this rhetoric has gained popularity as people agree that while justice for George Floyd has not been served, the jury’s verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin.
The problem regarding this popular rhetoric is it ignores that while just one officer has been held accountable for their actions, we are still funding and relying on a white supremacist and carceral system. This is NOT accountability. Imprisoning one person is NOT accountability. I understand the desire of wanting to believe that it is because we have been taught that retribution is holding someone accountable. Justice would be George Floyd at home with his family. Accountability would be abolishing the system that allowed a man in uniform to murder an innocent Black man.To achieve true justice and accountability, we must abolish the institution that continuously allows officers to murder innocent civilians.