Derek Chauvin's conviction is progress but not 'true justice' for people of color facing police violence, activists say
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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While the family of George Floyd, supporters and civil rights activists celebrated a Minneapolis jury's decision to convict Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter, they insist it's only a small step toward progress in an unjust policing system.
The announcement of the guilty verdict has renewed calls for police reform, placing increasing pressure on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and for police agencies to reexamine the use of force policies.
Civil rights leaders say the outcome of the Chauvin trial was historic but vowed to continue their fight to end police violence in Black and brown communities.
But in the same speech, they urged federal lawmakers to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act so that police can be held accountable and more families don't face the same grief they have suffered for the last year.
Chris Stewart, an attorney for the Floyd family, said during the news conference that the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was a "beautifully written" bill that would protect communities from over-policing.
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told CNN that while it's necessary for Congress to take action, locally elected prosecutors must "use their discretion" to set the standard for holding police accountable and reform the criminal justice system that has allowed police killings of people of color.
Some activists say Chauvin's conviction will do nothing to stop police from targeting and killing Black and brown people.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, she said, would not accomplish this.