President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris deliver remarks on Derek Chauvin guilty verdict
President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris discuss the guilty verdict in former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin's trial on Tuesday night.
Floyd's legacy. Mhm. The president and I will continue to urge the Senate to pass this legislation, not as a panacea for every problem, but as a start, this work is long overdue. America has a long history of systemic racism. Black americans and black men in particular have been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human. Black men. Our fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors. Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation. Full stop because of smartphones. So many americans have now seen the racial injustice that black americans have known for generations. The racial injustice that we have fought for generations. That my parents protested in the 1960s, that millions of us americans of every race protested last summer. Here's the truth about racial injustice. It is not just a black America problem or a people of color problem. It is a problem for every american. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all. And it is holding our nation back from realizing our full potential. We are all a part of George Floyd's legacy and our job now is to honor it and to honor him. Thank you. And now it is my great honor to introduce the president of the United States joe biden. Yeah, yeah. Today, hey jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer derek chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder George Floyd last name. It was a murder in the full light of day and I ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism. The vice president just referred to, there is systemic racism is a stain on our nation's soul, the knee on the neck of justice for black americans, profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion black and brown americans experience every single day the murder of George Floyd launched the summer of protest We hadn't seen since the civil rights here in the 60's protests that unified people of every race and generation in peace and with purpose to say enough enough enough of this senseless killing Today today's verdict is a step forward. I just spoke with the governor of Minnesota, thank me for the close work with his team. I also spoke with George Floyd's family. Again, remarkable family of extraordinary courage. Nothing can ever bring their brother their father back. But this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America. Let's also be clear. Such a verdict is also much too rare for so many people. It seems like it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of fact. brave young woman with a smartphone camera, a crowd that was traumatized, traumatized witnesses, A murder that lasts almost 10 minutes in broad daylight. Problem in the whole world to see officer standing up and testifying against a fellow officer instead of just closing ranks, which should be commended. A jury who heard the evidence carried out their civic duty in the midst of extraordinary moment under extraordinary pressure for so many. It feels like it took all of that with the judicial system to deliver a just just basic accountability. We saw how traumatic and exhausting just watching the trial was for so many people think about those are your listening, think about how traumatic was for you, you weren't there, you didn't know any of the people, but it was difficult, especially for the witnesses. Why do relive that day? It's a trauma on top of the fear So many people of color live with every day when they go to sleep at night and pray for the safety of themselves and their loved ones. Again as we saw in this trial from the fellow police officers who testified, Most men and women to wear the badge, serve their communities honorable. But those few who failed to meet that standard must be held accountable and they were today, one was No one should be above the law and today's verdict sends that message. But it's not enough. We can't stop here in order to deliver real change and reform. We can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen and occur again to ensure that black and brown people or anyone. So they don't fear the interactions of law enforcement that they don't have to wake up knowing that they can lose their very life in the course of just living their lives. They don't have to worry about whether their sons or daughters will come home after a grocery store run or just walking down the street or driving the car, playing in the park or just sleeping at home. And this takes acknowledging and confronting head on systemic racism and the racial disparities that exist in policing and in our criminal justice system more broad. You know, state, local government and law enforcement needs to step up. But so does the federal government. That's why I've appointed the leadership of the Justice Department that I have that is fully committed to restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect. I have complete confidence in the attorney general General garlands. Leadership and commitment have also nominated two Key Justice Department Nominees, Vinita Gupta and Kristin Clark. Or eminently qualified, highly respected lawyers who have spent their entire careers fighting to advance racial equity and justice. Benita and Kristen have the experience and the skill necessary to advance our administration's priorities to root out unconstitutional policing and reform our criminal justice system and they deserve to be confirmed. We also need Congress to act George Floyd was murdered almost a year ago. There's meaningful police reform legislation in his name. You just heard the vice president speak of it. She helped write it legislation to tackle systemic misconduct and police departments to restore trust between law enforcement and the people that are entrusted to serve and protect. But it shouldn't take a whole year to get this done. My conversations with the Floyd family. I spoke to them again today. I assure that we're going to continue to fight for the passage of Georgia, florida, justice and policing act so we can, I can sign into law as quickly as possible. There's more to do. Finally, it's the work we do every day to change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies. That's the work we have to only then will full justice and full equality delivered to all americans. And that's what I just discussed with the Floyd family. The guilty verdict does not bring back George but through the family's pain, they're finding purpose. So George, Georgia's legacy will not be just about his death. What about what we must do in his memory? I also spoke to john and Jorge love George's young daughter. When a matter last year. I've said this before George's funeral. I told her how brave I thought she was and I sort of melt down the hold her hand. He said, daddy is looking down on you. He's so proud. He said to me that I'll never forget it. Daddy changed the world later this afternoon that he did change the world. Let that be his legacy. The legacy of peace, not violence of justice, peaceful expression of that legacy are inevitable and appropriate. Violent protest is not. And there are those who seek to exploit the raw emotions of the moment, agitators and extremists who have no interest in social justice, who seek to carry out violence, destroy property, fan the flames of hate and division, do everything in their power to stop this country's march toward racial justice. We can't let them succeed. This is a time for this country to come together to unite as americans. There can never be any safe harbor for hate in America. You said it many times. The battle for soul of this nation has been Constant push and pull for more than 240 years. A tug of war between the american ideal that we're all created equal in the harsh reality, racism is long torn us apart at our best. The american ideal went out. So we can't leave this moment or look away thinking and our work is done. We have to look at it. We have to, we look as we did For those nine minutes and 29 seconds. We have to listen. I can't breathe, I can't breathe. Those are George Floyd's last words. We can't let those words die with him. We have to keep hearing those words. 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. And we live up to the legacy. Thank God bless you! may God bless the George Floyd and his family. Thank you for taking the time to be here. This can be a moment of significant change. Thank you. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm.