Biden, Harris react to Chauvin’s murder conviction: justice has been served but broad changes still needed to overcome systemic racism in America

Justice has been served but broad changes are still needed to overcome systemic racism in America, U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris, said on Tuesday, after a 12-man jury convicted Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd.

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill preside Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool) 
In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill preside Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

President Biden noted that it took a convergence of factors to find the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all counts for killing the African American man on May 25, 2020.

Biden and Harris called for broad changes in the police department and the administration of justice in the United States, saying there is still a lot of work to do.

However, President Biden acknowledged that the ruling was a watershed moment for the United States and could mark the beginning of a new era where all people in America are treated equally.

President Biden said the verdict sends the message that no one should be above the law in America.

Biden Harris 
Biden and Harris

“No one should be above the law and today’s verdict sends that message,” the president said.

Attending the President’s and the Vice President’s remarks were The First Lady Jill Biden, and The Second Gentleman, Douglas Emhoff.

First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff talk on the phone with nurses Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the First Lady’s East Wing Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West) 
First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff talk on the phone with nurses Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the First Lady’s East Wing Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)

Others were Anthony Bernal, Advisor to the First Lady; Danielle Conley, Deputy Counsel to the President; Mike Donilon, Senior Advisor to the President; Anita Dunn, Senior Advisor to the President; Ashley Etienne, Communications Director for the Vice President; Tina Flournoy, Chief of Staff to the Vice President; Jen O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff; Vinay Reddy, Director of Speechwriting; Bruce Reed, Deputy Chief of Staff; Dana Remus, White House Counsel; Steve Ricchetti, Counselor to the President; Susan Rice, Domestic Policy Advisor; Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement; Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor & Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President; Annie Tomasini, Director of Oval Office Operations and Elizabeth Wilkins, Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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