Apparently convicting former officer Derek Chauvin of second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd was not “true justice,” according to former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
On Tuesday night the couple stated that the jury “did the right thing” in giving into the mob rule, but that justice has not been served.
“We know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial,” they said. “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day,” they said.
“While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one,” they continued. “We cannot rest.”
“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied,” Obama concluded.
Here is the full statement:
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. pic.twitter.com/mihZQHqACV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2021
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