Image rightsGetty ImagesImage descriptionCelebrating in Black Lives Matter Square, Washington
The conviction of a police officer for the murder of a black man during an arrest, which was captured on film and played around the world, has been hailed as a turning point.
It is rare for U.S. police officers to face charges of death in custody, but Derek Chauvin is now sentenced to prison for the murder of George Floyd.
That is how the judgment is obtained.
Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Attorney General
When I became the lead prosecutor, I asked for the time and patience to verify the facts, gather evidence, and pursue the fullest George Floyd murder as the law allowed.
This long, arduous work has peaked today. I wouldn’t call it justice, however. Justice means true restoration. But it is accountability that is the first step towards justice.
And now the cause of justice is in your hands. And when I say “your hands,” I mean the hands of the people of the United States. George Floyd was important. He’s the one who started a worldwide movement, and that’s important.
Barack and Michelle Obama
For nearly a year, George Floyd’s death has been felt under the knee of a cop around the world – inspiring murals and marches that sparked conversation in living rooms and new laws.
But one more fundamental question has always remained: would justice be done?
In this case, at least, we have our answer. But when we are honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single judgment in a single trial.
True justice requires that we accept the fact that black Americans are treated differently every day.
Minneapolis Police Federation
In this case there are no winners and we respect the jury’s decision.
We need the political reflection to stop and the racial baiting of elected officials to stop.
Also, we need to stop the divisive comments and we all need to do better to create a Minneapolis we all love.
Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, anti-racism activist
It’s not justice. Justice would be George who loves his family – alive, breathing, great.
But that is accountability. A heinous crime, put on tape. An arrest. An indictment. One trial and three convictions.
With that right chest, you relax a bit. Eyes fill with tears, souls a moment of relief.
Now we are calling for a new standard: you will be held accountable. And maybe, just maybe: Our Black Lives Matter.
Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother
To know that there is justice in this world for African Americans, only for people of color. That is monumental. That’s historical. This is a defining moment in history.
Vice President Kamala Harris
Racial injustice is not just a black America problem or a problem of colored people, it is a problem for every American. It prevents us from fulfilling the promise of freedom and justice for all.
And it keeps its nation from reaching our full potential.
We are all part of GF’s legacy and our job now is to honor it and honor it.
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