Despite the fact that President Biden and Vice President Harris called George Floyd’s family to congratulate them on the Chauvin trial verdict, there are some in Washington DC still unhappy. This comes in light of the fact that demands for Derek Chauvin to face a trial in the court of law sparked the initial summer of riots, last year.
Many assumed that the jury’s decision would’ve given the Black Lives Matter protesters exactly what they sought to begin with.
However the polarizing New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a moment to share her reaction via livestream. At many moments you can see the representative carefully pause to ponder the situation.
“So no. This verdict is not justice. Frankly, I don’t even think we call it full accountability because there are multiple officers that were there. It wasn’t just Derek Chauvin. And I also don’t want this moment to be framed as this system working…. working. Because it’s not working. And, that’s what creates a lot of complexity in this moment.”
It’s at the opposite end of how Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to the Chauvin verdict. In her public remarks, she thanked George Floyd for dying “for justice.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey yesterday came off nervous during the press conference addressing how the situation in the city would be handled this week. In light of the Chauvin verdict, he had this to say on Twitter: "George Floyd came to Minneapolis to better his life. But ultimately his life will have bettered our city. The jury joined in a shared conviction that has animated Minneapolis for the last 11 months. They refused to look away and affirmed he should still be here today."