Today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins released the following statement:
“This verdict is a step forward for accountability, but there’s still work to be done in the names of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others on a list that stretches far too long and reflects a pain that has become all too familiar for Black families in this country. The reality is that systemic racism must be eradicated. No one should be at risk in the United States because of the color of their skin.
“We cannot wait another moment to do what is necessary to ensure a better, safer future for our children. The DNC recognizes that peaceful protest is an outlet for our cries for change. And the time for action is now: Republicans in the Senate must join Democrats to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which will fundamentally transform policing in America as it addresses implicit biases and racial profiling, curbs police brutality, and enforces accountability. Enough is enough.”