Time for police reform
For many here, it’s personal | April 21
Now that Minnesota prosecutors have secured their first conviction in the murder of George Floyd, which begins the process of justice in this case, let’s turn our eyes to preventing future tragedies. As quoted in this article, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said: “A verdict can’t undo the tragedy of last summer, but this decision can ensure that George Floyd’s life was not lost in vain. His death is prompting the law enforcement profession to evolve across our country.”
Mayor Castor is right. The law enforcement profession, from which she rose, now has a mandate to implement reforms. Locally this includes de-escalation training, use of civil citations in lieu of youth arrests, and other research-backed measures promoted by the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality to reduce crime, improve police-community relations, and minimize tragic encounters like Mr. Floyd’s.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister, let Mr. Floyd’s death not be in vain.
Edward Cronyn, Tampa
More work to be done
Ex-cop is found guilty in George Floyd’s death | April 21
A jury did the right thing. But true justice requires more. I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and I stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George Floyd and so many others have been denied.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach
Technology’s helping hand
The Derek Chauvin trial
Regarding the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd, all I can say is thank goodness for the science and technology that created cell phones. Without them, another police officer would have gotten away with an extra-judicial killing.
Mark Brandt, Dunedin
Derek Chauvin’s conviction would never have happened were it not for Darnella Frazier’s video of his murder. This 17-year-old girl was the only one who made it possible for the rest of the world to witness George Floyd’s death, with monumental effects not only in the courtroom, but everywhere. Perhaps the Floyd family would consider thanking her for her courage with a portion of their $27 million award from the city of Minneapolis.
James Condon, New Port Richey
Hypocrisy is showing
Newspeak is bad | Letters, April 21
How is President Joe Biden banning “illegal alien” different from then-Gov. Rick Scott banning “climate change”? Where was the right-wing outrage machine back then?
William Carroll, St. Petersburg