Barack and Michelle Obama insist that the jury did “the right thing” by finding Derek Chauvin guilty

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Barack and Michelle Obama insist the jury did ‘the right thing’ in finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts, but say it is ‘far from a sufficient step’ towards ‘eliminating racial prejudice’

  • The couple released a statement just after the three guilty verdicts were revealed
  • Called for ‘concrete reforms’ in the police force and for the eradication of racial prejudice
  • “Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family,” they said in their statement
  • ‘We stand behind all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that has been denied George and so many others’

Barack and Michelle Obama have said the jury did “the right thing” in finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges, but said more needs to be done.

In a joint statement released after the verdict was announced, they said, “ For nearly a year, George Floyd’s death reverberated under the knee of a policeman around the world – inspiring murals and marches, reflecting conversations in living rooms and new legislation. started. ‘

“But there has always remained a more fundamental question: would justice be done?”

In this case, at least we have our answer. But if we are honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is much more than a single verdict in a single trial. ‘

The pair called for “ concrete reforms ” in the police force and for the eradication of racial prejudice from the nation’s criminal justice system.

Barack and Michelle Obama have said the jury did ‘the right thing’ in finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges, but said more needs to be done

In a joint statement released after the verdict was announced, they said, `` For nearly a year, George Floyd's death reverberated under the knee of a policeman around the world - inspiring murals and marches, reflecting conversations in living rooms and new legislation. started.  '

In a joint statement released after the verdict was announced, they said, “ For nearly a year, George Floyd’s death reverberated under the knee of a policeman around the world – inspiring murals and marches, reflecting conversations in living rooms and new legislation. started. ‘

“Michelle and I are sending our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand behind all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied,” he said.

Minutes after the verdict, President Biden called family members and attorneys of George Floyd, just minutes after a Minnesota jury rendered a verdict in the trial that caught the nation’s attention and drew new attention to racial justice issues.

Biden called along with Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden.

Chief attorney Benjamin Crump played the conversation over the speakerphone.

“I feel better now,” Biden said to tearful audiences gathering around Crump’s phone. ‘Nothing will make it all better. But at least now there is some justice.

Biden was referring to comments made by Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, that her late father is going to change the world. “He’s going to change it now,” Biden said.

Biden previously revealed that he also called the jury on Monday, with uncertain result – and as the White House has repeatedly pointed out, the jury was segregated.

Afterwards, he said to the family, “You are an incredible family. I wish I was there. ‘

He told them he was with the White House adviser, former Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond.

“We looked at this every second and the vice president, all of us. We were all so relieved, not just one verdict, but all three, ”Biden said.

Crump tweeted a video of the exchange.

‘It’s really important. I’m curious to see you, really. We’re going to get a lot more done, ”he promised them.

That prompted Crump to push Biden to step in and sign the George Floyd Police Bill, which has stalled in the Senate.

“You got it, mate. That and a lot more, ”Biden promised. He also spoke of the confrontation with “real systemic racism.”

Earlier Tuesday, Biden said he is praying for the ‘correct verdict’ in the George Floyd trial, calling the evidence ‘overwhelming’ in a series of extraordinary comments that come as the jury sets out on the second day of deliberations in the Derek Chauvin case.

People celebrate in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts

People celebrate in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts

Minneapolis residents hugged in the street at the news that Chauvin has been behind bars for decades

Minneapolis residents hugged in the street at the news that Chauvin has been behind bars for decades

THE COMPLETE OBAMA STATEMENT

Today a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing.

For nearly a year, George Floyd’s death echoed under the knee of a police officer around the world – inspiring murals and marches, sparking living room conversations and new legislation. But a more fundamental question has always remained: would justice be done?

In this case, at least we have our answer. But if we are honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is much more than a single verdict in a single trial.

True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that black Americans are treated differently every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires that we do the sometimes ungrateful, often difficult, but always necessary work to make the America we know more like the America we believe in.

While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step towards progress, it was far from sufficient. We cannot rest. We will need to continue with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will have to redouble our efforts to increase economic opportunities for those communities that have been marginalized for too long.

And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people – especially young people – who have marched and protested and spoken out over the past year, shedding light on inequality and calling for change. Justice is now closer not only because of this verdict, but also because of their work.

Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, hoping they will find peace. And we stand shoulder to shoulder with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.

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