President Joe Biden hailed the jury’s decision Tuesday finding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, but says it is just the start in fighting the “systemic racism” in America.
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Following the verdict, the president promised Floyd’s family their victory was only the beginning, vowing to push for further policing reforms and “much more.”
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump took a call from Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris after the verdict was announced, and the lawyer put the phone on speaker for the family gathered around.
“Nothing is gonna make it all better, but at least…now there’s some justice,” the president began. “I think of Gianna’s comment, ‘My daddy’s gonna change the world,” Biden said, referring to Floyd’s daughter, before declaring, “He’s gonna start to change it now.”
Crump told the president he hopes “this is the momentum needed” to pass Democrats’ proposed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Biden replied, “You got it, pal. That, and a lot more. Not just that — a lot more.”
Biden added, “This can give us a shot at dealing with genuine systemic racism.”
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During an address to the nation following the call, Biden reiterated his message, saying Floyd’s death “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism” in America. He added, “There’s systemic racism that’s a stain on our nation’s soul.”
“The knee on the neck of justice for black Americans, the found fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every single day,” Biden continued, according to dictation from The Daily Wire. “The murder of George Floyd launched a summer of protests we hadn’t seen since the Civil Rights Era in the 60s, protests that unified people of every race and generation in peace and with purpose, to say enough, enough, enough of the senseless killings. Today, today’s verdict is a step forward.”
Biden went on to plug the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and concluding his speech before saying, “We have a chance to change the trajectory in this country.”
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