MANHATTAN - I am holding the Floyd family in my heart this evening. George Floyd should be alive today and the guilty verdict does not change that fact, nor does it completely heal the pain Mr. Floyd’s family and thousands of others are feeling. This verdict is just the beginning. It’s an important step in holding police accountable, but there is no joy or justice in the loss of a life.
Today’s verdict reaffirmed what millions of us knew to be true: that Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. But we all waited anxiously to see whether a jury would do the right thing, revealing again just how deeply broken our system is.
We have a long way to go to end the systemic racism in law enforcement and our criminal legal system. We must keep fighting for Adam Toledo, for Daunte Wright, for Breonna Taylor, and for so many others. We must continue demanding a system that does not take the lives of Black and brown people in the first place. We must always hold police officers accountable for abuse and violence. And we must work every day to build a system that treats everyone with fairness, dignity, and respect.