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Black families still reeling from verdicts in police brutality cases warn justice is not promised in Chauvin trial

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Tiffany Crutcher still remembers the numbness she felt when a jury announced it was acquitting the Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter in her twin brother Terence Crutcher's death.

After the nationwide outcry over his death, the release of police dash cam video, and standing by through nine hours of jury deliberation, Crutcher said she was certain her family would get justice.

"You can have police killings on video and they still get away with it," Crutcher said.

While the family of George Floyd hopes for a conviction in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Crutcher and the loved ones of other police brutality victims caution against assuming he won't get acquitted.

In many cases, Black families have endured days and weeks of trials that ended with no conviction for the charged police officers or a sentencing that was much shorter than they expected.

These mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of victims are standing in solidarity with the Floyd family, saying they understand the agonizing wait for justice in a legal system that often sides with police officers.

Some say they watched attorneys paint the same dark picture of their deceased loved ones as defense attorneys did of Floyd this week when they said underlying health issues complicated by a drug overdose -- not pressure from Chauvin's knee -- killed him.

One expert said many of these families never get justice because it's difficult to convict a police officer for murder.

"I don't think the average White juror or average White citizen wants to see Black people killed by the police," Nunn said.

He said Floyd was resisting arrest and that Chauvin was following proper police training.

Castile said attorneys attempted to incriminate her son as well, saying he had marijuana in his system when he was killed by a Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, in 2016.

Castile said she has little faith in the criminal justice system and empathizes with the Floyd family as they watch the trial.

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