Benjamin Crump

Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Killing George Floyd

There will be no probation for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The ex-cop received more than a 22-year prison sentence on Friday, June 25, two months after a jury convicted him of three charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson had requested probation, but the judge rejected that plea. Nelson filed a motion for a new trial just before sentencing, contending that Chauvin did not get a fair trial. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill also denied that request before sentencing the callous ex-cop. Prior to sentencing, Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter, Gianna, provided a

Georgia prosecutor wants to bring shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery to grand jury: ‘This is murder’

A Georgia prosecutor said Tuesday that he wants a grand jury to decide if criminal charges are warranted in the death of a man shot after a pursuit by armed men who later told police they suspected him of being a burglar. 

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Feb. 23 in a neighborhood outside the coastal port city of Brunswick. No one has been arrested or charged in the case, prompting an outcry from the local NAACP and others. Arbery was black and the men who chased him are white. 

Spirituality, Activism and Social Transformation

The Black community in America has not lashed out with retribution, violence or hate. We remain the most abused, but have maintained a commitment to Dr. King’s principle of nonviolence. As a people we are still the most non-harming collective. Throughout the centuries we have been God-fearing and compassionate. But Scripture says, “faith without works is dead.” We must as a collective come together and where necessary, partner with others who have the same concerns and stand up.