And when the Derek Chauvin case was still fresh in people's minds — the reading of the verdict in a Minneapolis courtroom, the shackling of the former cop, the joy at what many saw as justice in the death of George Floyd — blood spilled on America's streets, according to the Associated Press.
Back then, law enforcement was responsible for some of the bloodshed.
In the 24 hours following the verdict in Chauvin's murder case, at least six people were fatally shot by police officers throughout the United States. The list of the deceased is harrowing:
In Columbus, Ohio, a 16-year-old teen.
A frequent arrestee in Escondido, California.
In eastern North Carolina, a 42-year-old male.
In some cases, the killings ignited new demands for justice. Some have suggested that they represent an immediate need for drastic improvements in American policing, which the Chauvin verdict would not be able to address. Others see the shootings as a horrific example of the complicated and risky decisions that law enforcement officers face on a regular basis.
In San Antonio, an unidentified individual.
Another man was assassinated in the same city just hours after the first.
A 31-year-old man from Massachusetts' central region.
Each death has its own unique set of circumstances. Any of these incidents occurred when police were investigating violent crimes. According to police, some of the individuals were armed with a pistol, knife, or metal pole. One man claimed to be in possession of a bomb, which he tried to set off. Nothing is known about the lives of those killed and what occurred in their final moments in many instances.
The deadly incidents are only a small sample of the thousands of interactions that occur every day between American police officers and civilians, the vast majority of which are resolved without incident. Uncomplicated interactions between the police and the general public, on the other hand, are not a problem.