Biden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice
Added 04-20-21 07:58:03pm EST - “President Biden said Tuesday that the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd is a step forward toward ensuring racial justice in America, but he stressed that more must be done.” - Thehill.com
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President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE said Tuesday that the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd is a step forward toward ensuring racial justice in America, but he stressed that more must be done.
“We can leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done,” Biden said in remarks from the White House hours after the jury returned a guilty verdict in downtown Minneapolis. “We have to listen, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.’ Those were George Floyd’s last words. We can’t let those words die with him."
“We must not turn away, we can’t turn away. We have a chance to begin to change the trajectory in this country. It’s my hope and prayer that we live up to the legacy,” he continued. “This can be a moment of significant change.”
Biden urged the Senate to pass police reform legislation named after Floyd that was approved by the House earlier this year, noting that it has been nearly a year since Floyd was killed in police custody last year as Chauvin knelt on his neck for about nine minutes.
Biden also said that his Justice Department, led by Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGarland warns domestic terrorism 'still with us' on anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing Mazie Hirono: Asian American, Pacific Islander community 'feels under siege' amid rise in hate crimes ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation MORE, was committed to restoring trust between law enforcement and the communities they are paid to protect.
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