Nancy Pelosi THANKS George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’ in bizarre statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’ in comments after Derek Chauvin was found guilty
- ‘Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice, for being there to call out to your mother,’ she said
- Pelosi made her comments during a press conference with members of the Congressional Black Caucus
- Lawmakers watched the verdict together in a room next to the Capitol
Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for “sacrificing your life for justice” in comments after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of three charges of murder and manslaughter.
“Thank goodness the jury confirmed what we saw,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Capitol Hill, referring to the video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice, for being there to call out to your mother,” she said.
“Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice,” she added.
She later tweeted clarifying her comments, writing, ‘George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s call for justice for his murder was heard all over the world. He didn’t die for nothing. We must ensure that other families do not suffer the same racism, violence and pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act. ‘
Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’ in comments after Derek Chauvin was found guilty
Derek Chauvin is portrayed in court on Tuesday when the jury found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter at the death of Floyd.
The jury reached its verdict on Tuesday afternoon after only 10 and a half hours of deliberation.
Pelosi said she spoke to the Floyd family on Tuesday afternoon.
‘I spoke to the family around three o’clock to say thank you. God bless you for your grace and your dignity, ”she said.
She made her comments surrounded by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Lawmakers watched the verdict together in a room next to the Capitol.
The speaker and other black lawmakers called for police reform, including the passage of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
“This is the first step,” Democratic Representative Joyce Beatty, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said of the verdict. “Today we are starting to change the world.”
The legislation would ban bans on asphyxiation and no-knock orders at the federal level, restrict them at the state and local levels, and restrict the use of qualified immunity, a legal shield for the police from civil litigation.
Congress has limited power to regulate the police, most of whom are under the jurisdiction of the state.
Speaker Pelosi joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus, led by US Representative Joyce Beatty’s caucus chair, at a press conference following the verdict
After the verdict was read from the Minneapolis courthouse, cheers rose from the crowd gathered outside at the intersection of 38th and Chicago, now known as George Floyd Square. Cup Foods, the store where Floyd was last seen alive, closed its doors on the decision.
Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise, 39, who took a knee at the courthouse steps at the start of the trial, was in court to hear the verdict read. He hugged Attorney General Keith Ellison and trial attorney Jerry Blackwell, whose voices were the first and last the jury heard when he delivered both the state’s opening statement and their final rebuttal.
President Joe Biden spoke to Philonise on Monday after the jury went into deliberation. He, Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to the Floyd family after the verdict was passed.