US President Joe Biden called systemic bigotry a “stain on our country’s soul” in a telecasted address to the country Tuesday after a white former police officer was founded guilty of killing a Black man during an arrest.
Biden spoke up after a jury in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis found Derek Chauvin guilty of purposefully suffocating handcuffed George Floyd as he lay helpless, with the officer’s knee continuing his neck for more than 9 minutes.
The president called for “confronting head on systemic bigotry and the racial disparities that exist in policing and our criminal justice system”– however advocated protesters to steer clear of violence.
” There are those who will look for to exploit the raw feelings in the minute– agitators and extremists who have no interest in social justice,” he cautioned. “We can’t let them be successful.”
A jury deliberated less than 11 hours prior to finding the 45-year-old Chauvin guilty of all 3 charges versus him– second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
US President Joe Biden calls systemic bigotry a “stain on our country’s soul” as he provides remarks at the White House on the murder conviction of previous Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on GETTY IMAGES The United States And Canada/ SWIMMING POOL
The unanimous decision came after a racially charged three week trial that was seen as a pivotal test of authorities responsibility in the United States.
Appearing alongside Biden, Kamala Harris, America’s first Black vice president, spoke initially to articulate the “relief” the nation was feeling over justice being served but acknowledged that the outcome couldn’t “eliminate the discomfort” of Floyd’s murder.
” A measure of justice is not the same as equal justice. This decision brings us a step more detailed. We still have work to do. We still need to reform the system,” she said.
She promised to deal with Biden to prompt the Senate to pass “long past due” legislation on authorities accountability, saying Black men had actually been treated as “less than humans” throughout US history.
” Here is the fact about racial oppression: It is not simply a Black America problem or a ‘people of color’ problem. It is a problem for each American,” she stated.