Yesterday, a jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
As CEO of ReflectUS, an organization trying to dismantle systemic barriers and inequalities in our political system, I followed the trial intensely. I hoped that the jury would confirm what the prosecution presented as gross misconduct by a police officer over the senseless murder of George Floyd. The announcement of the guilty verdict was a relief. Yet, there is more work to do to ensure that we live in a country where we don’t have to sacrifice a life to move the needle forward toward racial equity and social justice.
A guilty verdict will not erase the incredible loss of life or the pain and suffering George Floyd’s family has experienced. This verdict, however, will hopefully become a catalyst to hold anyone, including police officers, accountable for their actions.
George Floyd is gone but will not be forgotten.
I hope yesterday’s verdict gives Floyd’s family, loved ones, and Americans across the country a sense of peace and encourages us all to work towards a more equitable future.
Black Lives Matter.
ReflectUS is a national, nonpartisan coalition working to increase the number of women in office and achieve equal representation across the racial, ideological, ethnic, and geographic spectrum
Coalition members include Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Empowered Women, Higher Heights Leadership Fund, IGNITE National, LatinasRepresent, RepresentWomen, She Should Run, Vote Run Lead, and Women’s Public Leadership Network.