WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), released the following statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for which he was charged in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“Today, we saw the judicial system work to hold Derek Chauvin accountable for the murder of George Floyd by convicting him on all three criminal charges, but it does not change the fact that his life was brutally cut short.
“Derek Chauvin’s conviction in this case of such brutal violence follows years of impunity for officers who committed similar abuses of power and violations of public trust. Our current system fails far too often, and while today’s guilty verdict brings a sense of relief, it does not represent the fundamental reforms needed to prevent further acts of brutality against Black Americans at the hands of those sworn to protect them.
“George Floyd will not have the opportunity to spend time with his loved ones, raise his children, or live his life free of the threat of police violence. We owe it to him and countless others to continue the work of combatting systemic racism, eliminating police brutality, and reforming the criminal justice system to ensure police are held accountable when they fail to protect the communities they serve. Efforts to overhaul policing in the U.S., like those in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, are as desperately needed today as they were yesterday.
“My thoughts are with George Floyd’s friends and family – I hope this verdict can bring his loved ones peace while knowing that his life has inspired so many as we continue to work on police reform.”