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Why Chauvin Verdict Disappointed Democrats

If the jury had failed to convict Chauvin, violent protests would have erupted in dozens of cities. This would have allowed the Democrats, aided by all-too-vivid scenes of urban chaos provided by the media, would have been able to put enormous pressure on Senate Republicans to pass a de facto police defunding bill. This is why Democrats seemed crestfallen when they heard the verdict. It almost certainly means HR 1280 is a dead letter.

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