Eight Minutes and Forty Six Seconds-Collectively Bargained

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Tsuhai Nzinga

The Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 sparked many a journalist to pick up their pens. The articles were numerous, thoughtful, well researched and, at times, brutally honest. Among the spate of articles written in that wake were calls to look at police unions. On Friday, March 5th, author Heather Cox Richardson’s daily briefing talked about the Amazon plant whose employees were voting on unionization and how President Biden supported the effort. Biden didn’t mention police unions, though support for one union is support for all unions.

On the Trial Of George Floyd’s Law Enforcement Murderers

It’s 10 months since Derek Chauvin knelt on the back and neck of African American George Floyd for what was originally reported as 8 minutes and 46 seconds while 2 further officers, James Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane under field training supervision of Chauvin, pinned his lower body to the ground, during his arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill. In August police body cam footage was released that showed this to actually be 9 and a half minutes. 

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