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Derek Chauvin is going to prison. Let this be a turning point.

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Keith Ellison is attorney general of Minnesota and led the murder prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

For generations, America has been stuck in a cycle of inaction when it comes to addressing decades of mistrust between communities of color and law enforcement. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, we must act now to break the cycle.

Too many times over the past decades, commissions formed in the wake of uprisings that followed police use of deadly force in communities of color have examined the problem and made concrete recommendations to end it. Every time, politicians, prosecutors and law enforcement leaders have failed to take meaningful action.

The case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s murder is a notable exception. Chauvin is one of the few police officers ever convicted of murder for a death on the job. Chauvin’s 22½-year sentence, announced Friday, is one of the longest any police officer in the United States has received in modern times for the death of a civilian.

But one exceptional case does not solve the problem. Can this conviction help us finally break the cycle of inaction once and for all?

It depends whether we act.

Prosecutors must act.

Prosecutors must commit to vigorous, visible and swift........

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