CLASP Responds to the Conviction of Chauvin in Murder of George Floyd
Washington, DC, April 20, 2021—Today’s conviction on all counts of the charges against Minneapolis ex-police officer Derek Chauvin affirms that—despite countless examples of unfair treatment and violence toward the Black community from law enforcement—this time at least a murderer is being held accountable. But there is far more to do to address the systemic racism in policing that has left countless Black families and communities mourning the loss of a loved one who died at the hands of police officers.
The brutal murder of George Floyd nearly a year ago before witnesses who videotaped Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck enraged and angered the nation. Thousands took to the streets in cities nationwide to express their anger, hurt, and pain. Their demands for justice and the need to address the epidemic of hatred, white nationalism, racism, bigotry, and brutality are long overdue.
Yet, we still have a long way to go to achieve racial equity and address white supremacy head-on in this country.
We will continue to use our voice to demand change and continue our commitment to advocacy that tears down systemic racism and inequity that has harmed too many for too long.