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by Martin Odoni

Yesterday was a day of horrifying contrasts in emotion in the USA. The different extremes were about the same issue; police brutality.

Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is notorious worldwide for kneeling on the throat of George Floyd and asphyxiating him in May last year. Yesterday a court found him guilty of murder at the end of his (bizarrely) long trial.

The ex-police officer who murdered George Floyd has actually been convicted

No closing-of-ranks for once

Unusually in an instance of police brutality against a black man, the Minneapolis Police did not hesitate to act. They disowned Chauvin, dismissed him and three of his colleagues from the force, and pressed charges of murder.

When Judge Peter Cahill announced the verdict, it triggeredscenes of celebrationand tears of relief all over the USA, and beyond. A moment of triumph, when the Black Lives Matter movement…

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