Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict
April 20, 2021
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today issued the following statement after a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
“Today the rule of law prevailed on behalf of George Floyd, his family, and the people of Minneapolis. But while this verdict was a victory for Black and Brown Americans and for our country at large, true justice will not be found until we ensure there are no other George Floyds, Breonna Taylors, Eric Garners, or the countless other Black and Brown Americans who have unjustly had their lives cut short by those sworn to protect them.
"The problems we face are systemic and if we are going to make real and lasting change, the solutions will too need to be systemic. We cannot stop marching. We cannot stop speaking. Today should give us all hope that our justice system can work for every American — not just a select few — but now we must continue to demand progress so we can usher in true justice for all. This will take all of us to not only change our institutions but change ourselves and the way we see and treat one another.”