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DeLauro Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

April 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) issued the following statement on the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd:

“A jury has rightfully found Derek Chauvin responsible for the murder of George Floyd. No ruling from a jury can bring back George Floyd, but I hope that a weight has been lifted for his family. I continue to pray for them as they grieve.

“This verdict cannot be the end of this story. Since testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial began on March 29, an average of more than three people a day have died at the hands of law enforcement in the United States, with Black and Latino people representing more than half of them. Our nation faces systematic and structural racial inequity, and we must make change.

“As a first step, the House has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Our communities deserve Senate action on this important accountability measure. And they deserve a continued, relentless focus on creating a society where every person – regardless of the color of their skin – is able to contribute and succeed.”