Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) addressed the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on social media and declared that it wasn’t enough, nor was it justice in her opinion.
Ocasio-Cortez took to her Instagram account to post a 16 minute video from outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
“I want to just let you all know and create the affirmation that this isn’t justice, it’s not justice!” she declared.
“It’s not justice, and I’ll explain to you why it’s not justice. It’s not justice because justice is George Floyd going home tonight to be with his family,” she added.
“Justice is Adam Toledo getting tucked in by his mom tonight,” she continued, referring to a 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Chicago after the teen threw a gun to the ground.
“Justice is when you’re pulled over, there not being a gun that’s part of that interaction, because you have a headlight out,” she added.
“Justice is your school system not having or being a part of the school to prison pipeline. Justice is a municipality and a government that does not, because it trickles down, right, that does not value military and armaments more than it values healthcare, education, and housing,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
“So no, this verdict is not justice,” she said.
She also went on to assail the leadership in her own party for funding the military instead of using that money for more social programs, and angrily denounced Democrat-controlled local governments that overfunded their police departments.
A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday. The former Minneapolis police officer faces 40 years, 25 years, and 10 years in prison over the separate charges.
Ocasio-Cortez has more than 8.8 million followers on her Instagram account. Her video on the verdict garnered more than a million views in just two hours.
Here is the video of Ocasio-Cortez’s comments:
“This Is Not Justice”: AOC Says System Is Not Working, Demands Policy Change After Chauvin Verdict