As a former police officer with dozens of years under my belt, I believe I know a thing or two about how law enforcement personnel think.
That is why I am troubled by the statement made by Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was convicted of killing George Floyd.
Take a look at this video and carefully listen to Chauvin’s words:
Folks, I firmly believe that Chauvin was telling people that he is going to take his own life.
Think about this for a moment. He is currently being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, but that is not going to last.
Once his appeals run out, they will eventually release him into the prison’s general population. That is an automatic death sentence for a former cop … let alone one who was convicted of killing a black suspect.
Once he is removed from the relative safety of solitary confinement, Chauvin can expect to spend his days behind bars being assaulted by the other inmates.
That is why he probably believes the best case scenario would be a quick end.
And that is why I think he said what he said.
Just for your information, the euphemism we used in the headline is a common slang term in police circles. It was used in the movie Lethal Weapon:
I certainly hope I am wrong about this, but the cop in me says that this gut feeling is more than a hunch.