Justice Has Been Served to George Floyd and His Family

Leslie Bythewood
2 min readApr 20, 2021


At long last, justice was delivered today, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, for George Perry Floyd, for Floyd’s family and for all of God’s children in the United States and around the world.

Yes, justice was served, but it was a long time in coming.

Let’s remember this day.

And let’s never forget May 25, 2020, the day George P. Floyd was brutally murdered in broad daylight by former officer Derek Chauvin, who showed no mercy, no humanity, no respect for the sanctity of human life.

Derek Chauvin wore his police uniform on May 25, just as he carried his firearm and his handcuffs, just as he wore his badge — but all of that was just a veneer, because underneath that veneer lurked an evil man who did not know right from wrong, who failed to turn Floyd on his side from what was supposed to be just a momentary prone position in accordance with police code and policy, who failed to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck no matter how many times Floyd kept saying he couldn’t breathe, who failed to remove his heavily weighted body from Floyd’s body, who kept digging his knee into Floyd’s body until the air, blood and life were literally sucked out of Chauvin’s defenseless victim.

Isn’t it poetic license that Chauvin’s police badge and phone were knocked off his body the day he pushed Floyd to the pavement and forcibly held him there in the prone position?

That police badge will never be returned to Chauvin, because not only was he fired from his job, not only is he going to do many years behind bars, but he will never again be able to wear that honorable badge, because he doesn’t deserve to.

Thank you, prosecutors Jerry Blackwell, Steven Schleicher, Matthew Frank, and Erin Eldridge, for the fine work you did in bringing this case to a successful close, but you couldn’t have done it without the frame-by-frame video footage captured by the bystanders on May 25, as well as the hard work of all the witnesses and the 14-member jury. And let’s not forget Minnesota’s attorney general Keith Ellison, who assembled the ethnically and gender-balanced jury.

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. The second-degree murder charge means Chauvin was found guilty of causing George Floyd’s death. The third-degree murder charge means he was found guilty of reckless disregard for human life. And the last count, manslaughter, means he was found guilty of unreasonably risking bodily harm or causing death.

No one is above the law.

Let’s hope this country has turned a corner for the better. But we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us.



Leslie Bythewood

A freelance writer since 1999, I've published profile and general-interest pieces in The Montgomery Gazette, both online and in print. I live in Asheville, NC.