United States President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have both hailed the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who murdered George Floyd.
Biden who spoke immediately after the verdict was given by a jury said it is “a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America.”
The President who pointed out that “systemic racism” is a “stain on our nation’s soul” however cautioned that the fight for racial justice in the U.S. is nowhere near complete.
“‘No one should be above the law, and today’s verdict sends that message. But it’s not enough,’ Biden added, calling on Congress to act on police reform legislation after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder.
Vice President Harris in her remarks said the verdict has brought the nation a step closer to equal justice.
Harris stressed that the verdict will not heal the pain that has existed for generations, adding that Floyd’s legacy will be sustained.
“We are all part of George Floyd’s legacy. And now our job is to honor it—to honor him.
“Today’s verdict brings us a step closer to making equal justice under law a reality. But the verdict will not heal pain that has existed for generations. It will not take away the pain felt by the Floyd family. That’s why we must recommit to fight for equal justice,” Vice President Harris tweeted.
Jurors found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of three counts of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.
The judgment comes almost a year after a viral video of the Black man gasping for breath pinned beneath the White officer’s knee sent millions into the streets demanding justice.
After the verdict was read, Chauvin, who had been free on bail, was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody.
He faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in about eight weeks.