Yet although Mr Hussein called the Chauvin conviction a landmark, he was reluctant to give Mr Ellison too much credit because he said the evidence and public awareness of the case, in particular to the heartbreaking video of the spectators, were so overwhelming that anything less than a conviction would have been a brutal failure.
After the verdict in the Chauvin case was read on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Ellison, who in the coming months will prosecute three other officers accused of Mr Floyd’s death and whose trial is scheduled for August, was measured in his remarks. He said the result was simply a starting point that he hoped would lead to a full-scale account of police abuse against people of color.
“I wouldn’t call today’s verdict justice, however,” Mr. Ellison said. “Because justice implies that there is restoration. But it is responsibility, which is the first step towards justice. “
In a Tuesday night meeting with his team, Mr. Ellison noted that he had spent part of the day with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and that Mr. Jackson had been with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this that day. he died in Memphis in 1968. Mr Katyal said Mr Ellison ‘made a connection’ during the meeting between what prosecutors had done over the past year to get justice for Mr Floyd and the work of Dr. King and civil rights activists of the 1960s.
In his public remarks Tuesday, Mr. Ellison invoked the Kerner Commission, a group appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 to investigate the causes of the racial injustice uprisings in American cities.
“Here we are in 2021 trying to solve the same problem,” he said, before reciting the names of other blacks killed by the police, including Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Philando Castile and Daunte Wright, who was killed by an officer in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center during the Chauvin trial.
“This has to end,” Ellison continued. “We need real justice. This is not a case. It’s a social transformation that says no one is under the law and no one is above. “