Barack Obama celebrated the conviction against the former policeman who murdered George Floyd but asked: "to continue with the reforms that eliminate racial bias."
The former president said that while today's decision may be a step towards progress, it is far from over. In February, a Democratic lawmaker introduced a bill to reform the police system in the name of an African-American man.
Barack Obama ruled this Tuesday on the ruling of the Minneapolis court against former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Through a communicated sense, the former president of the United States celebrated the jury's decision that found the former officer guilty but warned that the country must take it as a clean and jerk to "continue with the reforms that eliminate racial bias."
While today's decision may be a step in the right direction, it is far from over. We can't rest; we must continue to make concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial prejudice in our criminal justice system, Said this text immediately after the decision of the Minneapolis Justice.
He added true justice demands that we take the point that African Americans are treated against every day. We require to recognize that millions of our family, friends, and fellow residents reside in concern that their next encounter with law enforcement may be their end.
Along these lines, Democratic legislator Karen Bass introduced a bill in February bearing Floyd's name that effectively seeks to reform the police and civil rights system. Part of the initiative seeks to combat racial bias in the security forces.
In another passage of his speech, Obama highlighted the commitment of the thousands of young people who have marched and protested this last year, "illuminating inequality and calling for change": Justice is closer today not only because of this decision but also because of its job.
Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family in the belief that they will get peace. And we stand in solidarity with all those who have committed to guaranteeing all Americans the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied, "the former US president concluded in his letter.
For his part, the head of state of the United States, Joe Biden, celebrated on Tuesday that "justice" had been done in the trial for the death of the African American last May, after the former police officer Chauvin was found guilty of the three charges he faced.
Biden, Obama's former vice president, also pledged to push for more reforms on police practices during a phone call with Floyd's brother Philonise, videotaped and posted on Twitter by the family's attorney, Ben Crump.
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of killing African-American George Floyd in May 2020 in Minneapolis, was found guilty on all three charges Tuesday.
The members of the jury unanimously decided that Chauvin is guilty of involuntary murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; Murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, which deprives up to 10 years of freedom.
As he has no criminal record, he could face up to 12 and a half years in prison for each of the first two charges and four years in prison for the third.
According to Judge Peter Cahill, the sentence to be served by the former police officer already convicted of causing Floyd's death by suffocation will be known in a few weeks, between six and eight.
The jurors spent just over ten hours of deliberation to reach the verdict that Judge Cahill read after 4:00 pm in Minneapolis.
The family's attorney, Ben Crump, praised the conviction, calling it "a turning point in American history." "Justice obtained with pain has finally arrived for George Floyd's family," he said on his social media.
Crump pointed out, This decision is a turning point in history and gives a definite message about the need for accountability by law enforcement agencies. Black America for Justice is justice for all America.
More than 600 people gathered in front of the courthouse, following live broadcasts on their mobile phones, embracing and leaping for joy at every accusation made.
Hundreds of people also gathered at the corner where Floyd died, in the south of the city. People symbolically threw bills at the store that denounced the African American for paying with a false one.