As the verdicts were being read in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday evening in Minneapolis, 56 Black members of Congress huddled together on Capitol Hill holding their collective breath. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder while committing a felony, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. "But if we're being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial".
"George Floyd should be alive today", Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
"It was a relief that justice has triumphed. I don't think people were able to control their emotions, and today I want to say we expected to be the same way", Jabril said. "We're going to get a lot more done".
"While I feel like there is something to celebrate for George Floyd's family and community, and the fact that we finally have a guilty verdict, there is so many other instances where there isn't justice", local activist April Taylor said. "I'm exhausted of seeing a white male can go into a location with an AR rifle and shoot up and kill everybody and live to get arrested, but African Americans are fighting to just survive a traffic stop and be unarmed", Dr. Holt told KGUN9. "Let us pray with one another and for one another", read a statement by Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the bishops of the five other dioceses in the state.
And even, it must be noted, the George Floyd precedent for justice sends a problematic message. His daughter and family have to grow up without him.
That's because another fired Minneapolis officer found guilty of third-degree murder has a pending appeal before the state Supreme Court - and if his conviction is overturned, it could mean a Chauvin conviction would fall, too.
The organisation called for "shrinking the size and scope of law enforcement in daily life" and "demilitarising law enforcement".
"It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see", Biden said in nationally televised remarks.
That statement before the verdict and sentiments from sports figures around the state following the verdict, reflected the deeply personal nature of this trial for Minnesota athletes and franchises who have put forward a heightened effort toward social justice issues over the past year in the wake of Floyd's killing. "We can no longer tolerate the lack of accountability when it comes to the killing of black and brown people".
"If the Minnesota Supreme Court were to reverse Noor's third-degree murder conviction, that would nearly certainly invalidate Chauvin's as well", Sampsell-Jones said. He said the verdict is "at least some validation for those who have been fighting for justice for this horrifying, heartbreaking and unacceptable act of violence at the hands of a police officer".
"Sometimes the public said, 'we don't know what the policies are, what are the procedures that Tampa Police Department operates by?' One of the easier things was putting it all out on the website so any citizen can look at it and understand what are the rules that the Tampa Police Department uses when they're operating as police officers".