Chauvin Guilty Verdict Doesn’t Solve Systemic Racism in Policing, Schumer Says

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case does not mean the “persistent problem of police misconduct” has been solved.

“Let it serve as the proper deterrent and a deterrent that should have existed long ago to the kind of egregious misconduct that led to George Floyd’s death,” said Schumer on the Senate floor on Wednesday,

“However, and most certainly we should not mistake a guilty verdict in this case as evidence that the persistent problem of police misconduct has been solved or that the divide between law enforcement and so many of the communities they serve has been bridged. It has not.”

Former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last May.

Floyd, 46, was arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car. They put him on the ground instead.

The centerpiece of the case was bystander video of Floyd, handcuffed behind his back, gasping repeatedly, “I can’t breathe,” and onlookers yelling at Chauvin to stop as the officer pressed his knee on or close to Floyd’s neck for what authorities say was about 9 1/2 minutes, including several minutes after Floyd’s breathing had stopped and he had no pulse.

Floyd’s death May 25 became a flashpoint in the national conversation about the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement and sparked worldwide protests.

“This goes way beyond party or political faction. Racism strikes at the very core of this country,” said Schumer.

“Justice, true justice will not come until we finally banish the ancient poison of racism from the American soul.”

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