Biden responds to Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd


President Joe Biden talks about the shooting in Colorado on March 23, 2021 at the White House State Canteen in Washington, DC. Mandelungan / Getty Images

  • President Joe Biden has called on Congress to pass a criminal justice reform to honor George Floyd.

  • “No one should go beyond the law,” Biden said. “And today’s verdict sends that message, but that’s not enough.”

  • Former police officer Derek Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for his second murder.

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President Joe Biden addressed the country Tuesday night after a jury found guilty of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.

“No one should go beyond the law,” Biden said. “And today’s verdict sends that message, but that’s not enough.”

He also called Floyd’s murder a “daytime murder” and said he “stripping off the blindfolds of the world to see the systematic racism that the Vice President had just mentioned.”

The president called on state and local governments to do more to reform police to reduce law enforcement killings.

“We also need Congress to act,” he said asking for the bill to pass. George Floyd Justice in Police Law, To deal with the “systemic illegal activity” of the police station.

He also warned that “inciters and militants” would abuse the case to create additional public anxiety. “We can’t make them successful. This is the time when this country comes together.”

Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the country shortly after Biden. “America has a long history of systematic racism,” she said. “Black Americans, especially black men, have been treated as inferior to humans in our history.”

“Thanks to smartphones, so many Americans have now seen the racial injustices that black Americans have known for generations,” she added. “It’s not just a black issue or a color issue. It’s an issue for all Americans … and it’s hindering our country.”

After the verdict was announced Tuesday afternoon, Biden, Harris and First Lady Jill Biden called Floyd’s family.

“There is nothing to improve everything, but at least now there is justice,” Biden told his family early in the evening. “You are a wonderful family. I wish I were there to fold my arms around you … we are all very relieved.”

“I am very grateful to the whole family for their courage, dedication and strength,” Harris said.

“In George’s name and memory, confirming that his legacy has not been compromised, history will look back at this moment and find that it was an inflection point,” she said. “We’re going to make something good out of this tragedy, okay?”

Chauvin was convicted of three charges against him: two murders, three murders, and manslaughter. The decision came after a closely monitored three-week trial and two days of deliberation. Chauvin will be sentenced to imprisonment in the coming weeks and will face up to 40 years in prison.

The crowds gathered in Minneapolis erupted with the cheers and screams of “justice.” The judge read the verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Biden faced criticism for publicly participating in Chauvin’s trial before the verdict was given earlier this week. However, the president defended his comment, saying he was unaffected by his remarks, as he waited until the jury was quarantined.

The president told reporters Tuesday that he was “praying for a correct verdict” at Chauvin’s trial and that “the evidence is overwhelming.” He spoke with Floyd’s family and said he had expressed sympathy and support over the phone.

“They are good families, and whatever their verdict, they want peace and tranquility,” Biden continued.

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