Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is “first step towards equal justice”
The verdict convicting Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts of the murder of George Floyd is the first step on the journey to equal justice, Gwainevere Catchings Hess, president of The Black Women’s Agenda has said. The organisation was founded in 1977 to advance and protect the interests of Black women and their families.
Since testimony began on March 29, more than 65 other individuals lost their lives through the actions of law enforcement nationwide, and more than half of them were people of colour.
“Police have a difficult job, but it should not give them free rein to kill civilians. ‘Serve and protect’ should not mean harass, dehumanise, or deprive individuals of their right to live,” Catchings Hess said in a statement.
“We must petition the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which holds police officers accountable for misconduct, and reforms police training and policies. We must insist, in unison, that trials be held in courtrooms and not on street corners where law enforcement can serve as judge, jury, and executioner.”
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is a civil rights and police reform bill drafted by Democrats in the United States Congress, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, to combat police misconduct, excessive force, and racial bias in policing.
The bill passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives but it has not yet been voted upon by the Senate.