After a jury convicted former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Tuesday that while she feels relieved, there is still a lot of work to be done on unravel systemic racism..
“A measure of justice is not the same as equal justice”, the vice president said alongside President Joe Biden. “This verdict brings us one step closer, and the point is, we still have work to do.”
“We are all a part of George Floyd’s legacy, and our job now is to honor and pay tribute to him,” she added.
Earlier, Harris told CNN that even a guilty verdict on the highest charge “won’t take away the pain of the Floyd family” or the long-standing fear and anger that black and brown communities face. across the country because of racial injustice in law enforcement.
“This verdict is only part of it,” Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash. “And that will not heal the pain that has existed for generations, which has existed for generations among people who have lived and witnessed what a wider audience now sees thanks to smartphones and the pervasiveness of our ability to film in real time what is happening in front of our faces. And this is the reality. “
The jury convicted Chauvin, a white officer, on all three counts after deliberating for about 10 hours – second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The verdict closed a trial that was followed across the country and highlighted the deeply rooted problem of police brutality and systemic racism. Chauvin could potentially face decades in prison, according to his sentencing hearing this summer.
After the verdict, Biden and Harris called the Floyd family to express their relief at the guilty verdicts.
“I’m so grateful to the whole family for your courage, your commitment, your strength,” Harris said during the call, which was released by family lawyer Ben Crump. “It is a day of righteousness in America, and your family… have been true leaders at this time when we needed you. In George’s name and memory, we’re going to make sure that his legacy is intact and that the story looks at that moment and knows it was a moment of inflection.
Biden told the family on the call he was “looking forward to seeing you” and “doing a lot more” to address systemic racism.
“Nothing is going to make things better, but at least now there is some justice,” he said.
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