Biden: Chauvin verdict 'a step forward'

Biden after Derek Chauvin verdict: No one should be above the law. Today’s verdict sends that message, but it is not enough.

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Biden and Harris speak after guilty verdicts in trial of Derek Chauvin
Biden and Harris speak after guilty verdicts in trial of Derek Chauvin
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US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday delivered remarks after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged in George Floyd’s death, was found guilty of all three charges.

“Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. The verdict is a step forward,” said Biden.

“And while nothing can ever bring George Floyd back, this can be a giant step forward on the march towards justice in America,” he continued.

“No one should be above the law. Today’s verdict sends that message, but it is not enough. We can’t stop here.”

“In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this ever occur,” the President said.

“There’s meaningful police reform legislation in George Floyd’s name, but it shouldn’t take a year to get it done.”

“I assured the Floyd family that we’re going to continue to fight for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act so I can sign it into law right away.”

“’I can’t breathe.’ Those were George Floyd’s last words. We cannot let them die with him. We have to keep hearing them. We must not turn away. We cannot turn away,” Biden stated.

The jury, made up of six white people and six Black or multiracial people, earlier on Tuesday found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.

Biden, Harris, and first lady Jill Biden called George Floyd's family earlier on Tuesday after the jury found Chauvin guilty.

"Nothing's going to make it all better, but at least now there's some justice," Biden told the family, adding he was "relieved" that the jury found Chauvin guilty of all three charges against him. The president promised that his administration would "get a lot more done" to deal with systemic racism.



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