Looking at the front page of any publication Wednesday and seeing the joy and exuberance shown on the faces of people when the guilty verdicts were publicized against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin just confirms to me how low our society has become.

Is this really a cause for celebration? A man was killed. A former officer of the Minneapolis Police Department may spend the rest of his life in prison because of his actions. Yet from the look of the joy shown on the faces seen in numerous photos nationwide you would think they were celebrating at a New Year’s Eve party, or their team winning a national championship. To this writer it is pathetic show of poor taste and whether one wants to believe it or not this show of “we won” will just deepen the divide that separates our nation.

Bob Wackerman

San Mateo

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Your are so right .

Terence Y

Mr. Wackerman, well written with an apt conclusion. I propose that maybe these folks were happy that mob rule and jury tampering were successful and they have a new tool in their playbook. Maybe lynching parties will return. Oh wait, is lynching still allowed? Maybe not in America so maybe we can have happy hour for those rare times, at least in CA, where a death penalty is actually meted out. Tasteless? Undoubtedly, but it appears a new normal may be taking hold.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Bob

I have commented favorably on statements made by you in the DJ in the past, but I feel celebrating the just outcome of the trial in Minneapolis is OK. Most Americans regardless of skin color believe George Floyd's death was the result of an unlawful homicide and that's the conclusion reached by the jury.

There have been some high profile death cases recently involving police officers. Some of those cases may wind up in court and they may lead to convictions. Those convictions may also lead to celebrations. But what of the cases where there are no convictions? There will be no celebrations. There may be peaceful protests. There should not be riots...

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