Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Statement on Verdict on the Trial of Derek Chauvin

April 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was found guilty on all charges:

“Derek Chauvin’s conviction is a small, needed measure of accountability, but there will never be justice for George Floyd.

“George Floyd’s death was a watershed moment. Millions of protesters across the country and the world took to the streets. Together, we said his name and the names of countless others killed by racist, violent policing.

“Congress must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and end qualified immunity to increase police accountability. But in Black and Latino communities, we know the police play by a different set of rules. Change requires more than accountability—we must prioritize programs that invest in families and youth rather than violent policing. Our work is only just beginning.”