(WRBL) – Georgia Democrats responded to the historic guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.
The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd
Congresswoman Nikema Williams, leader of the Democratic Party of Georgia, released this statement:
“That guilty verdict only confirms what we already know – that cop Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, an innocent black man, in cold blood. While this ruling is a step towards justice, it will not bring back George Floyd or the countless black Americans killed by law enforcement. I pray for the Floyd family as they continue to mourn their insurmountable loss, and I pray for the country as we heal from this national tragedy and move forward on the journey to justice and equality. This judgment does not mean the end of our work – it is only the beginning. “
US Senator Jon Ossoff issued the following statement:
“George Floyd’s killer has been convicted, but brutality and racial prejudice will persist in our judicial system until we pass reform. I urge my Senate colleagues to adopt criminal justice reform that will ensure public safety, restore trust between communities and law enforcement agencies, and ensure equal justice for all. “
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. issued the following statement:
“I am grateful that justice was done today. On behalf of George Floyd and countless other victims, we must work for equal justice under the law every day! “
U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock made the following statement:
“First and foremost, I think of George Floyd’s children and family, and I am grateful that they have received something that approaches justice today after the trauma they endured – one that we do among blacks and communities of us Have seen color over and over again and this never gets less painful.
Today’s verdict, confirming Derek Chauvin’s responsibility for the murder of George Floyd, is the correct outcome of the trial, but it is not for George Floyd, who should still be here with us, nor for his family and community that have suffered an immeasurable loss, righteously.
We know that without justice there can be no cure, and likewise we still have a lot to do in the Senate to not only create real justice that prevents the more senseless killings of blacks, but also to bring our system closer to our ideals of equal protection the law. This is why federal policing reform is so important, and Congress needs to pass laws like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that will help end this cycle of violence and bring the moral arc of the universe closer to justice.
As the voice of Georgians in the Senate and as a Black, I hope that today’s ruling marks the beginning of a turning point in our country where people who have seen this trauma over and over again know that it is possible to be under the same protection Law. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to ensure that our federal government respects the humanity of the people and recognizes their citizenship – be it in the elections or during their interactions with the police. ”
Chauvin has been convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.
Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee to the 46-year-old black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes. Floyd’s death sparked global protests, violence, and an angry review of racism and policing in the United States.
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