- Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, had been found guilty on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter
United States President, Joe Biden, on Tuesday, reacted to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, saying it is a rare but “a giant step forward in the march toward’s justice in America.”
“Today the jury of Minnesota found the former police officer, Derek Chauvin, guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd,” the President who spoke from the White House said.
He continued: “It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see… the systemic racism… a stain on our nation’s soul, the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans.”
Similarly, Vice President Kamala Harris has also reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, noting that the country still has work to do.
“Today, we feel a sigh of relief, still, it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice. This verdict brings us a step closer, and the fact is, we still have work to do. We still must reform the system,” Harris said in her remarks.
Harris also advocated for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act aimed at preventing police misconduct, adding that the Biden administration would continue to urge the Senate to pass this legislation.
“This bill would hold law enforcement accountable and help build trust between law enforcement and our communities,” she said of the bill she introduced when she was a senator last summer. “This bill is a part of George Floyd’s legacy.”
Harris addressed the long history of systemic racism in the country, and how the lives of Black men “must be valued.”
She continued, “Here’s the truth about racial injustice, it is not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem. It is a problem for every American.”
“We are all a part of George Floyd’s legacy and our job now is to honor it and honor him,” Harris said.
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