The Futility of Seeking Justice After Police Murder

I can’t find solace in Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict when police continue to kill Black people

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I can never bring myself to find solace in a moment like this because I do not trust justice. I tell you from many days of struggling with my shaking hands after a verdict that’s gone the other way — so many more than don’t — that it’s a wearying religion to subscribe to.

Writer and poet holding down Columbus, Ohio

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