President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris said the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial could be a “momentous” moment for the United States, even as work remains reform. The country’s law enforcement system and confront racism.
Chauvin on Tuesday was convicted of three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, who was pinned to the sidewalk with his knee to his neck last year in a case that sparked the segregation ethnicity and politics in the United States.
Biden, speaking at the White House, said he spoke with the Floyd family. “Nothing can bring their brother back,” he said. “But this could be a huge step forward in the march towards justice in America.”
“This could be a moment of significant change,” Biden said.
Biden and Harris follow up on the verdict with employees in the private White House dining room. Biden spoke to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz after announcing the verdict, the White House said, Biden, Harris and first lady Jill Biden all spoke to Philonise, Floyd’s brother from the Oval Office.
“A measure of justice is not the same as equal justice,” Harris said in his remarks. “This ruling takes us one step closer, and the reality is we still have a lot to do. We still have to reform the system ”.
The President and vice president both called on Congress to pass the naming bill for Floyd. The George Floyd Justice Act in Policy would ban bans and some bans, as well as change what is called a law enforcement qualifying waiver – something that would help. Chasing claims of police misconduct is easier. Bill go through the house last month.
Prosecutors at the Chauvin trial argued that the former white officer strangled the life of Floyd, the Negro, in May last year when he knelt on his neck for nine-and-a-half minutes. The defense argued that Chauvin acted rationally and his heart disease and illegal drug use led to Floyd’s death.
The protests flooded America after Floyd’s death, and sparked a wave of racial calculations across the country. Biden, who has pledged to fight racism in security care, said in January: “8 minutes and 46 seconds that took the life of George Floyd opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people around the world ”.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.