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Maloney Statement on Chauvin Conviction

Apr 20, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Statement on Chauvin Conviction

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement in response to the conviction of former Officer Derek Chauvin on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death in May 2020.

“I join our nation as we continue to grieve the loss of George Floyd. My heart is with his friends, family, and loved ones as they continue to feel his absence. 

“Today, America watched as Derek Chauvin was held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. This ruling is a critical first step towards justice. We have an opening to fix this broken system, and we must stay the course. Now is the time for meaningful legal reforms that will deliver transformational change and enduring justice for Black Americans. We must begin by making the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act the law of the land.

“Democracy cannot exist where there is racism. Where there is racism, there is violence. There is no peace. There is always exclusion, and there is always pain. In the words of Amanda Gorman, we are not broken; we are just unfinished. We can heal this wounded world, and we can make it a wondrous one, but only if we do it together.”