Biden hails guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin murder trial as ‘step forward’

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 20: People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 In Minneapolis, Minnesota. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd May 25, 2020.  After video was released of then-officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, protests broke out across the U.S. and around the world. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris hailed Tuesday’s verdict by a Minnesota Jury that found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd as a ‘step forward in the fight against systemic racism’. They however stressed that more work remains to be done.

“Today’s verdict is a step forward,” Biden said in a Tuesday evening address to the nation. “But it’s not enough, we can’t stop here. In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that a tragedy like this will ever occur again.”

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 20: U.S. President Joe Biden makes remarks in response to the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Cross Hall of the White House April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Chauvin was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of George Floyd last May. (Photo by Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images)

“Because of smartphones so many Americans have now seen the racial injustice that Black American’s have known for generations,” VP Kamala Harris said alongside Biden.

“We are all part of George Floyd’s legacy and our job is to honor it and honor him,” Harris added.

Former President of the United States Barack Obama also issued a statement saying, “Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.”

Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges against him in the murder of George Floyd.

He will be sentenced in eight weeks.

He faced three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter.