Social Justice: How events in 2021 may influence what happens in 2022
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Over the last two years, we’ve seen a rise in social justice movements dealing with race and policing.
These issues took center stage this year in high-profile court cases, and experts say they could have an impact on legislation and elections in 2022.
In 2021, we saw trials, stemming from the deadly police incidents that sparked protests.
The convictions of former Minnesota police officers Derek Chauvin and Kim Potter grabbed the nation’s attention. A jury found Chauvin guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd. A jury found Potter guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright.”This is certainly the year where we’re seeing some type of police accountability,” said Jason Williams, an associate professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University.He said these verdicts will keep social justice in the spotlight for 2022However, Williams said another big verdict – the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse – is sure to have an impact in the new year, too.”It seems to give the green light to far-right vigilantes to attend these types of demonstrations,” he said. “We may see more of those instances.”Rittenhouse successfully […]