Inslee responds to the verdict of Derek Chauvin murder trial

Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Ted S. Warren

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Monday, March 22, 2021, at a news conference at Renton City Hall in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Inslee and other leaders gathered to denounce recent acts of violence and harassment targeted at Asians and Asian communities.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Ever since videos surfaced of George Floyd being murdered at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, it’s been at the forefront of American culture. Even though the incident was isolated to one store in Minneapolis, the effects of this decision are sending waves across Washington state and Governor Jay Inslee made his stance known.

Today, a jury determined that Chauvin was guilty of all three counts he faced: Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee offered the following statement regarding the jury’s verdict:

“This was more than the death of one person. It was a trauma for George Floyd’s family, his children, the bystanders and indeed the entire nation. Weary families in so many communities, traumatized from images of brutality against Black and Brown and feeling no power to stop it, can take heart today that justice was served in this instance. Yet, there is still much work to do. This is one step on a long journey we are just beginning.

“Today is a day for all to recommit themselves to a more perfect union, in their communities and in our nation. Let this be the beginning of progress rather than the end of one trial. Today’s sense of relief for some is fleeting. They know more must be done to prevent this from happening again and again. Too many live with this uncertainty. We must end systemic racism.

“In Washington, we are reforming independent investigations into police use of force; clarifying the requirements for tactics; increasing oversight and accountability for law enforcement officer conduct; and establishing better standards for permissible uses of force.”

“But ending systemic racism goes beyond our justice system.

“Our communities will not be at peace until everyone feels secure to do the most basic things. I’m talking about the right to vote. Or the right to get in the car and drive anywhere safely without fear of being killed. To walk down any street in America or go shopping at the department store without being selectively followed. To work regardless of what your hair or skin color looks like. To rent or buy a house in the neighborhood of your choice, or to get an insurance policy without being asked for a credit score. These ordinary activities must be available to all.

Inslee called for communities to be proactive to “turn the tide of justice.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said ‘the moral arc of the universe’ bends toward justice, and it takes all of us to usher it into existence.”

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