QBP RICHARDS ON THE CONVICTION OF DEREK CHAUVIN FOR THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD
(April 20, 2021 at 5:10pm)
QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards stated the following in response to today’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
“Although today’s decision is just and welcomed, there is no cause for celebration today. No verdict will reunite George Floyd’s children with their father or his siblings with their brother. There is no ruling that will soothe the anguish George’s family feels every day, knowing his final 9 minutes and 29 seconds were spent gasping for air beneath the knee of a police officer for the entire world to see,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “On its own, today’s ruling should not be momentous — we’ve all watched Derek Chauvin brutally murder another human being on camera. But while this trial has ended, with justice finally been served for an unarmed Black man killed by law enforcement, let this day be just the start of our shared fight to rid our criminal justice complex of the systemic racism that has infected it for centuries.
“We applaud justice being served for George Floyd’s family today, and our hearts are with them as they continue to grieve. But for every case that ends in a conviction, there are countless more where justice escapes us,” continued Borough President RICHARDS. “Until Black and brown lives finally matter equally in our society, our struggle continues — in the name of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Amadou Diallo and all those we have senselessly lost.”
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