Joe Biden spoke about the verdict against the former cop who murdered George Floyd: "This may be a giant step in the march to justice."
Of all three charges, Derek Chauvin was found guilty. The president had assured that the tests were "overwhelming" and that "he prayed for the correct decision."
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, referred on Tuesday to the verdict against Derek Chauvin, the former policeman who killed George Floyd in May 2020 and whose actions, after being captured on video, catalyzed a massive wave of protests. Against racism in the United States and other parts of the world.
The president said nothing could bring him back, but it could be a big step in marching for justice in the United States. Biden also indicated that while he agrees with the verdict, it is one "too rare" in cases of that nature. For many, a combination of factors was needed to reach this conclusion. It was a homicide that lasted almost 10 minutes in broad daylight," he said.
In another passage of his speech, Biden announced that he appointed a series of officials from the Department of Justice to be in charge of "restoring trust between the security forces and the communities they have sworn to protect. "
He also called on Congress to pass police system reforms, especially the one introduced by Democratic legislator Karen Bass in February, which bears Floyd's name and effectively seeks to reform the police and civil rights system. Part of the initiative aims to combat racial bias in the security forces.
"It should not take so long to be approved," said the president, who during the afternoon had shown the same willingness to ratify the project as soon as possible during a phone call with Floyd's family.
"We will be able to do much more. And we will continue until we do," said Biden, who was with Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden. he added, This may be our first time actually dealing with systematic racism.
The jury in the case unanimously found Chauvin guilty of the three charges he faced: second-degree involuntary murder, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years. And second-degree involuntary manslaughter, deprived of 10 years of liberty.
After reading the verdict, Chavin was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.
Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence would be known within eight weeks.
The president had already hinted at what his expectations were during the day, assuring that the evidence was "overwhelming" and that "he prayed for the correct decision. "
Numerous other American political players - most of the Democratic officials - celebrated the news. Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison, who led the legal team that litigated Chauvin and his defense, highlighted the result but clarified that he would not qualify it as "fairness."
This is because justice is a process of restoration, and it is not. This is accountability, which describes the first move towards fairness. Now it is in the hands of the people to generate true justice. And not through a case, but through a social transformation whereby no one is above the law, and no one is below the law," Ellison said in a public message shortly after the verdict.
In the same vein, former President Barack Obama expressed himself, who celebrated the jury's decision that found Chauvin guilty, but warned that in order to continue the reforms that would end racism, the country should consider it clean and disgraceful.
While today's decision may be a step in the right direction, it is far from over. We cannot rest. We will have to continue with the concrete reforms that reduce and finally eliminate the racial bias in our criminal justice system," he said in the text published just minutes after the Minneapolis justice verdict.
The court's decision came after the Minnesota State Attorney's Office and Chauvin's defense presented their final arguments for about four hours in front of the jury on Monday. After hearing the arguments of both sides and the instructions that the judge has given them for their deliberation, the members of the jury, six white people and six black people or of other ethnic groups, isolated themselves and locked themselves in a hotel to review all the evidence presented at the trial and reach the sentence. The deliberation lasted less than 11 hours.
Chauvin was videotaped kneeling for more than nine minutes on the neck of Floyd. The latter was handcuffed and immobilized face down on the ground and pleaded: "I can't breathe.