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findings one week of that. p.s.i. immediately returnable in four weeks. and we will also have briefing on after you get the p.s.i. six weeks from now and then eight weeks from now we'll have sentencing. we'll give you the exact dates in a scheduling order. is there a motion on behalf of the state? >> we would move to have the court revoke the defendant's bail and remand him into custody. >> bail is revoked. bond is discharged. the defendant is remanded to the custody of the hennepin county sheriff. anything further? thank you. we are adjourned.
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>> former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin found guilty today on two counts of murder and second degree manslaughter in the death of george floyd on may 25, 2020. here on c-span we'll be airing briefings on the verdict coming up from minnesota governor tim walz. the congressional black caucus. and president biden and vice president harris. right now we'll join wcco-tv in minneapolis for live local news coverage of the verdict. >> the first thing that happened when we heard the verdict is that we all teared up. and embraced.
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so don't confuse these tears thinking that they are sorrow. because those were the tears that happened to african-americans when they are poured over constantly on the side of the road and know they can't get help. those are the tears of the victims we have seen time and time again be shot in the back, choked over cigarettes or killed for no reason and justice never comes. those are the tears that someone will weep tomorrow when they are taken advantage of in an interaction with law enforcement. but today the tears are pure joy. tear joy and pure shock because days like this don't happen. the whole world should not have to rally to get justice for one man. but that's what happened. this wasn't a city case. this wasn't one family's case. this was the entire world's case. and justice finally came. but it shouldn't have to be so hard to attain this level of justice in cases like this when we can see with our own eyes
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the only difference is the color of the skin. that's the change that we all want. that's the change that's outrageous. yes, law enforcement have a dangerous job. they have to carry a spear and a sword and a shield. but all too often african-americans only get the spear or the sword. we need more of the shield. because this is not a case against every officer. my life was saved by two law enforcement officers years ago. i will never throw every cop under the bus. but we will put more cops in jail when you kill someone for no reason just because they are black. we can find a unifying purpose between law enforcement and the african-american community. by changes starting with the george floyd justice in policing act. a beautifully written bill that will help protect the community and fellow police. and the main question will we let flicks divide us? that's what happened, republican or democrat, you are
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going to stick to your side. unify as ben has been saying, and get this bin bill passed and save people so you don't have to board up your own cities for suasions like this. -- situations like this. we'll see you next time when it's time to vote. you have seen what's happened across this country. we shouldn't have to be so happy when we finally get one. we are in celebration for roxie, who stood strong this entire time, for the brothers and sisters, for the activists and everybody else here. for this entire group. and it wouldn't have happened without every single one of you-all, white or black, people out there, praying for this family, giving love and support. we love all you-all. let this be a changing point in america for policing in a positive way and let's unify. thank you, my brother. >> tony from chicago illinois.
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>> good afternoon, everybody. my name is tony. i'm smiling here today not for myself but really for the entire country and for the world that's watching. i know that on behalf of the family and for everyone who is here today that we stand here before you feeling a tremendous amount of joy and eternal hope. for me, 36 years ago i was a young public defender in cook county, reverend jackson, i know you know that place very well. and that's where i was introduced to the marginalization of black and brown people. and for now this is the 36th year i have seen it come through. i really feel that this country has turned a corner. i'm going to tell you it was a tough corner to turn. and it couldn't have been done.
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i'm going to reach out to you-all for spreading the message. for the strength and wisdom of ben crumbp. to you, reverend al sharpton, reverend jackson, the attorneys , all the teams and all the cities in this country. the attorney general and the magnificent prosecution team. they did it, right? they tied up every loose -- they tied up every loose threat for that jury. they let them follow it right through. they showed them how to prosecute and how to convict. and we are so grateful. but make no mistake we are not done. the george floyd policing and reform act must pass the senate. we now know that today police can and will be held
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accountable for needless deaths. this death never should have happened. george should have been alive somewhere with his daughter playing on a playground. from now on, everyone's on notice that police will be held accountable. we will be held accountable, too. this country should be held accountable. but police, especially. i am so thankful to all of you. i am hopeful for a greater america. for a great, great vote of confidence. i will tell you that speaker pelosi called us not once today but twice. our speaker is a great leader. she is somebody that wants to see this through. we have a great president who wants to see this through. we have one little hiccup in between. let's get this past the senate. let's get justice in america once and for all and forever. one last comment. i met a young lady yesterday,
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her name is lamaya, she said one thing to me that i promised her i would repeat today. she's not part of the floyd family. she's part of the right family. she said one thing, and i promised her i would say it today. we are all god's children. thank you, lamaya. >> thank you, tony. i know speaker pelosi called, we need to acknowledge when we were at the courthouse as we were leaving i got one of those calls we stopped everything and it was chris and it roxie, we stopped amid sentence because our president joe biden called to talk about what a moment this was for america.
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and how we have to use this moment to build on. we want to acknowledge president biden acknowledging that we are all a better america today. isn't that what he's saying? we got so many good staff people to thank. all these people who have been working. they are supporting our lawyers. everybody. briefly we want to have -- we can't be in minneapolis and not have a representative whether jeff and michelle want to come up and say a word. our great minnesota co-captain, jeff, michelle. >> i just briefly want to say i love this city. i love this state. and no longer can we be known for these massively infamous
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failures in civil rights. we owe our children and our community more from this moment further, from this conviction now we have to be leaders in this country on civil rights. and everyone standing up here will work tirelessly until that happens. and i challenge everybody else in minnesota to make that same effort. thank you. >> thank you, jeff. can we -- everybody take a step back. try to make the podium -- just everybody take a step back. we are going to have the family. we are going to have the family come up. we are going to have the family
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come and try to greet you all. the camera's trying to get the podium here. right now we are going to bring up a man who when i first met him, tony, i remember he -- all he could do is cry because he was heartbroken. he was heartbroken because remember so many times we are -- today i was flesh and blood. they slept in the bed with george. i mean, the stories that they tell you know this was a close
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family. he tells though stories how he used to pee on george. he has become so dignified and articulate and express not just the fight for justice for his family, not just a fight for justice for black america, but he really has become so articulate and saying we have to fight for all americans. mr. philonius floyd. >> my nephew, he calling me baby al. but, man, i feel relieved today that i finally have the
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opportunity to hopefully getting some sleep. a lot of days that i prayed and i hoped and i was speaking everything into existence. i said i have faith that he will be convicted. there's been a long journey. and it's been less than a year. and the person that comes to my mind is 1955, to me he was the first george floyd, emmitt till. on cnn with deborah watts, she just brought him back to life. people forgot about him. but he was the first george floyd, but today you have the
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cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother. the motion picture seeing his life being extinguished and i could do nothing but watch, especially in the courtroom over and over and over again as my brother was murdered. time getting harder every day. 10 miles away from here, mr. wright, daunte wright, he should still be here. we have to always understand that we have to march. we'll have to do this for life. we have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle. reverend al always told me we
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got to keep fighting. i'm a put up a fight every day because i'm not just fighting for george anymore, i'm fighting for everybody around this world. i get calls, i get d.m.'s, people from ghana, from germany, everybody, london, italy, they are all saying the same thing, we won't be able to breathe until you able to breathe. today we are able to breathe again. i told you, we'll get justice. and we still -- we are going to fight for you, too. we are going to fight for everybody. thank you-all so much for just giving us this time because we are here and we are not going anywhere and i want to thank all the protestors, all the attorneys who stepped up, all the activists who stepped up, and many who think they are not
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activists but advocates, thank you-all. because justice for george means freedom for all. america online we'll have terence floyd, george's brother from new york city. oh, man. -- >> so many emotions right now. i'm very thankful and grateful, grateful for the people in this world, for the support and prayers, the love that was shown for sent by -- whether you sent it by social media,
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emails, however, we just appreciate the love. appreciate the team, the law team. i call them hulk. we built a bond and relationship through this whole journey. i appreciate them. he would call me. i'm in new york he would call and check up on me. i'm all right because i'm the only one up there. everybody else is down south. he never -- i'm graving for him checking up. i'm grateful for reverend sharpton. he been fighting a long time. long time. reverend jesse jackson. a lot of history here. history is here. this is monumental.
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reverend jesse jackson, al sharpton they lived to see this. their fight wasn't in vain. it just didn't happen when they did it. but it happen now. and they here to see it and be proud of it. it go back to when they did the prayer service. my family is a family that will not back down from prayer. and i believe because of prayer we got the verdict we wanted. we got on our knees. some of us stood up. but we asked the right person, we asked the right one. we said, god, we need justice.
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we need it now. and he answered. oh, man. i'm just grateful. i'm grateful that my grandmother, my mother, my aunt got to see this history made. i'm grateful my brother's not here. i'm grateful and proud of him. i would salute him at every day of my life i will salute him. he showed me how to be strong. he showed me how to be respectful. he showed me how to speak my mind. i'm going to miss him. but now i know he's a history. what a day to be a employed, man. -- to be a floyd, man.
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thank you. >> thank you, terence. now we'll hear from george's baby brother, rodney floyd. >> i'm going to say this first. i would like to thank all the advocates, the activists, i'd like to thank the people that stayed in the streets, marching night and day, people for 83 days, i think i may be wrong, thankful for everybody that stayed out there making a statement with us and there were dark days. dark nights. we had them. we got so much from social media. can't read them all. you know what? thank everyone, each and everyone. so many people, grocery stores, we walk in we hear from the elders. i believe and respect the elders. give you-all the respect men and women. i hear them walk up in the grocery store, mask and say
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looking at the side of your face. let me talk to you. i know who you are. we have a whole great conversation telling me what they experience as a child, what they saw. and what they need for change. we are here for you. this is everywhere i go. my brother go. we all go. and thank you people love in the streets. i'm thanking everyone. this is a victory for all of us. there is no color barriers on this. this is everyone who has been held down, pinned down, and you know what, people, we standing together in unity. this is our team, mr. attorney, ben, the witnesses, donna. i would like to thank the jury. everybody. thank god -- thank god almighty. we are not done yet. my brother, george, he's smiling. his beautiful daughter is here. baby, you are so beautiful and
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smart. roxie. you have my heart, baby. thank you for holding gianna and keeping us strong. we like to thank everyone that helped. thank the jurors for having the hearts and minds. we know it's an open and shut case. the jury had the same mindset we all had. guilty as charged. like to thank them. i'd like to thank, again, everybody for pressing on. for george the fight is not over. we are going to stand here together. we are going to try to get the george floyd act passed. the act has to be passed. we are going to keep pressure on the senate. everybody. thank you-all for coming. george, i know he love all you-all. thank you-all. >> next we going to have a man who him and george used to text
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each other all the time. congresswoman sheila jackson lee, always talk about houston, texas, i think you call him lou. we are going to hear from brandon williams who was like a son to george. >> we lost our live shot there. you have been listening to the attorney for the floyd family. let's get back here. here's brandon williams. >> i'm overwhelmed with joy. i do want to start by saying thank you. first i'll thank you to all you guys advocating, protesting in the middle of a pandemic, putting your lives and safety on the line. we appreciate that. especially to our legal team, ben, tony, justin, chris.
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definitely, definitely thank you to keith ellison and his team. i think they did an amazing job from start to finish. all of the evidence, all of the witnesses, everything proved exactly what we saw in that video. but yet we still question the decision of the jury and i wonder why. oftentimes the system fails us as black men and women in america. with all the evidence, everything pointing to a guilty verdict, we somehow still don't get the guilty verdict, or some cases i to the my good friend kenny walker back here, we don't even get charges. so today is a pivotal moment. for america. for a long time now, hopefully
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today is the start. i sit up here in the moment, we need change in a broke broken stims. it was built to oppress us. we see people who are supposed to, supposed to protect and serve. supposed to protect and serve. they do the total opposite. on the first day of trial reverend sharpton, we had a press conference, we knelt for 8:46. when i got up, it was my turn to speak, i said that every time i come out here it's hard. they took somebody from me that i loved. and i absolutely dislike coming here. but i also said this time it was easy. we came for one thing and one
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thing only, that was justice for george floyd. and today that's what we got. so this time it wasn't hard at all. it wasn't hard at all. i'm big on faith and prayer. i had a lot of faith. i was also optimistic. we need police reform bad. these guys are able to wear a badge and go out in the field which means that they are qualified and trained to do their job. at a high level. but when you shoot and kill a man that's running away from you that doesn't pose a threat, you're not qualified and undertrained, that's a choice and you want to kill black men
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and women. it's either one or the other. i think today keith ellison and his team proved that just because you are the law you are not above the law. we need each and every officer to be held accountable. and until then, it's still scary to be a black man and woman in america on account of the police. what i say today is a pivotal moment, it's a chance for america to take a turn in the right direction. a right, a long of wrongs, so we don't add to these names. so little girls and boys aren't growing up fatherless. so their families don't feel the pain we feel. there are a lot of sleepless nights. no family should go through that. hopefully i will take a turn in the right direction today.
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and this day in history proves that it was a turning point. thank you. >> we are going to hear from just a few more family members and try to get to your questions. i would be remiss because brandon said i got to acknowledge his man cliff who worked for us. and he talked about kenny walker. as we talk about all the brothers, we can never forget that they are killing black women as well. and so we got to remember breonna taylor, sandra bland. and we know tamika, mallory, may 13, pam turner in a couple weeks we are having a march for black women in baytown, texas. when you saw the video of george floyd got killed by the police, then you should be
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equally outraged when you see the video of how they killed pam turner an unarmed black woman laying down on her back that he shot in the face, in the chest, and in the stomach. justice for george floyd means freedom for us all. that's why we are fighting for pam turner. with that we'll bring up people who come from that county texas area, cousins of george floyd. sharita mcgee and taylor brown. >> first of all let 3450e just -- me just say that my cousin have pretty much covered everything. there's not a whole lot left for me to say. i just want to echo the sentiments of this that when we started this journey almost a year ago that we were committed to doing a couple of things. one thing is to ensure that justice was served and that we are going to be here and visible and present and
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actively involved until we saw it through. we are a family strong in our faith. we relied on in it other areas of our lives and this time is no different. we prayed to god and we expected prayers to not come back and he delivered for us today. we are eternally grateful for everyone from the activists, attorneys, prosecution team, everyone. we have so many people that we want to thank that i just really feel like we are probably going to leave somebody out. i hope you would charge it to my head and not my heart we sincerely appreciate everything that everybody has done. we thank you. >> thank you. >> i'm really on the way with emotion. i just am grateful for this day. it's been a journey for sure. and this victory for george
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floyd today is a victory for many. and when we started this journey, like my sister said, we are committed to making sure . we know we'll never get george back. that's the sad part. we are fighting and we'll continue to fight because we have all individually and together as a family had the conversation that if we could have been there with george on that day, there probably would have been more than one death. we couldn't be there. so we can't bring him back but we can save lives. and we want the actual reform that's going to not only give us a change we want but make sure not another family has to suffer what we suffered. thank you-all. my sister kind of touched on everything. we have an amazing team here. who have helped us along this
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journey. we are so grateful for everyone who has supported us along the way. we are forever grateful to you. we love you-all. thank you. >> you have been listening to at least six members of the floyd family. led by attorney ben crumbp. he's the lawyer who helped secure a $27 million award from the city of minneapolis for the floyd family. also from reverend al sharpton. it's 5:54 right now. we want to get you up-to-speed on the latest on the guilty verdict against a former minneapolis police officer. found guilty in the murder of george floyd. >> jury in minneapolis this afternoon convicted derek chauvin as filling floyd last spring. that fired police officer is back in custody waiting sentencing. news of his conviction on all three counts of murder and manslaughter spread around the world. >> families gathered what's become george floyd square in minneapolis. cheering. lawmakers thanked the jury.
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the minnesota governor called it an important step forward for justice in the state. we are standing by as he's expected to speak any minute now. we are waiting remarks from minneapolis' mayor and police chief. that should come soon after the governor finishes up. and president joe biden expected to speak on this as well tonight n a phone call, the president did reach out to the floyd family. he said he's relieved and, quote, we are going to get a lot more done. the jury deliberated for about 10 hours before reaching its decision. the chauvin trial drew worldwide attention along with the murder of george floyd sparking a lot of international reckoning with race and calls for police reform. the minneapolis police unit sent out a statement say they do respect the jury's decision. >> we'll go to rex chapman at george floyd square to see what's going on there. i know there is a large crowd gathering there before. reg, can you hear us? >> that crowd continues to grow as more and more people are
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coming down here to 30th and chicago just to be with one another as they sit and celebrate what they are saying is a getty verdict in all three counts against former minneapolis police officer shake chauvin. right now it's an impromptu concert that started here in the street. different musicians came out here with their instruments, the tubas, a vieo lynnist who came from washington, d.c., said he was so happy to be here in this moment. he was in l.a. for the verdict of rodney king and he's here now celebrating in music and song. people are dancing together. having a great time. this is really showing a unity that exists here at 30th and chicago. the other side of the crowd continues to grow people listen to speeches and saying the verdict means that work begins now. they are taking about change and how they are going to work together to bring about change in this community. impromptu concerts. a feeling of celebration today as people are bringing their families, friends, and people
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-- just walk out to 30th and chicago to be around other people. we are also isolated because of the pandemic but but people that have been down here have been down here daily making sure this is an area of peace and mourning and respect. even during the speeches the place where george floyd took his last breath is carved out where no one walks on. it's sacred ground. here at 30th and chicago truly sacred ground as they celebrate, come together in ubity to talk about -- unity to talk about how they move forward and that's what's happening here. a very festive time. a very -- big sigh of relief for a lot of people that have been down here waiting for this verdict. look at these guys go. just impromptu, coming together, all different walks of life. and they are doing it. >> thank you very much, reg. we are going to go to governor tim walz who has comments to make after the verdict that came down in the derek chauvin
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trial. >> good evening, minnesota. good evening to those tuning in across the united states. i'm tim walz, i have the privilege of being the governor of the state of minnesota. i'll be joined at the podium tonight by mator of st. paul, minnesota, melvin carter, and joined for any questions at the end of the statements by john harrington, who is our commissioner of the department of public safety. last may 25 the world watched in horror as george floyd's life and humanity were taken from him with a knee in the neck. the pain and the grief and the anguish of the floyd family was beared to the world and as was minnesota's pain and anguish and obvious failures. especially when it came to race and policing. a a short time ago that police officer, derek chauvin, was
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found guilty of murder of george floyd and was taken away and sentencing will soon follow. it's an important step towards justice for minnesota. the trial's over. but here in minnesota i want to be very clear, we know our work just begins. this is the floor, not the ceiling, of where we need to get to. i want to take a few minutes to thank folks involved in this. and this trauma that has spread from 38th and chicago across our state, across the country and the world. i'd like to thank my friend, minnesota attorney general, keith ellison. the remarkable work that he and his team did made us proud and it made us believe for today and we need to hold that thought that justice is possible. that team with steve and jerry, two minnesota attorneys, who pro bono chose to step up and make sure that the state's case would hold, they make us proud.
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their humanity, their intelligence, and their belief that justice would be served inspired all of us over these past difficult weeks. i'd like to thank the jurors who held an incredible burden to do the right thing and make sure justice is served without being influenced by anything else. they did a service that holds a heart in our democracy. and our judiciary system and they did it -- judicial system and they did it i think for alls of of us in a way that had us all holding our breath but with a belief that it would work. and i'd like to thank those who testified in this trial. i'd like to thank those police officers who showed what integrity looks like. it may be a sad statement that many of us have waited a long time and maybe be able to witness that, but it's there. and we know it and we saw it on display. and i'd like to thank the other witnesses who last may stood on
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that street corner, and as jerry said, showed a bouquet of humanity, the beautiful multicultural society that we have here in minneapolis and in minnesota. those people were subjected to something no one should have to see. they saw george floyd murdered in front of them. but they had the courage to stay, to record what they saw, and then bring forward that pain again and again and again to them to make sure that george floyd received justice. thousands of minnesotans marched in the streets in the wake of his death. they inspired a movement. not just here, but across our nation and the world. many of these people did not know george floyd and many of them had maybe never been down on 38th and chicago but they went day after day and they kept that place sacred, all with the intent to make sure that justice for george floyd would be served. they called for change and they demanded it. a year later, derek chauvin is
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behind bars and faces years in prison. but we know that accountability in the courtroom is only the very first step. to the floyd family, we grieve for you. today is a small measure, but george is not coming back. a lost a father, brother, uncle and friend. we mourn with you. and we promise the pursuit will continue for justice, as the attorney general said this isn't justice, it's just one steps toward it. true justice for george floyd will come through real systemic change to prevent this from ever happening again. when every member of our community, no matter their race, their religion, their background, is safe, valued and protected. the tragic death last week of duante wright showed the world once again how much work we have to do.
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that small step forward, though, inspires us to do the work. and for those of you listening who aren't from minnesota, minnesota's an exceptional place. with exceptional people. we're many times lifted up as a model of well-being. but we have to ensure that's true of everyone. measures of wellness, happiness, economic security, even during covid we were recognized as being the best state in the nation for the care of children and the best state in the nation for women. but if you do a little digging and you disaggregate and break that data apart, a chilling truth becomes very apparent. those statistics are true on well-being, if you're white. they're not only not true if you're black, it's exactly the opposite. the death of george floyd was maybe an awakening for some minnesotans to this hard truth. a truth that our communities of color have known their entire
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life. that inequity will not stand. that inequity will eventually bring the heart ache and what you saw on 38th and chicago, what you saw in brooklyn center, what i've said from this podium many times. it's not good enough to rank first in educational attainment for white children if we rank last for black children. it's not good enough that we have some of the best health outcomes in the country if that's only true if you're white. not only is that not sustainable for communities of color, it is unsustainable for any society to have those types of inequities. we can't undo centuries of racism and bice in one -- bias in one night, but we can come together and make sure minnesota is the best place in the country for every child to succeed. we must make meaningful change and the state and federal level and minnesotans, we're going to need your help. you saw what happens when your voices are lifted up. you have the pledge of our
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administration to do everything we possibly can to put the priorities of lifting up equity in all aspects of life in minnesota, starting with real reforms around policing and criminal justice and to extend to educational opportunities, health care outcomes, home ownership, all of the things that make this state the best place to live, we need to take away that qualifier. it's not just the best place to live if you're white, it needs to be the best place ever. and george floyd's death and our justice systems -- system's conviction of that murder gives us that small place to believe we can make the difference. communities of color will not go on like this. police officers will not go on like this. white communities and our state cannot go on like this. the only way forward is through
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systemic change. and i'm not naive, i've done this long enough, we'll be told there's not enough time, there's other priorities, it's difficult. for those listening across america, the unique part of our legislative body here is it's the only one in the country that one house is controlled by the democrats and the other house is controlled by the republicans. which gives us a golden opportunity to show that equity, decency and humanity should know no political boundary. we're going to ask folks to come together, to have hard conversations in those chambers of the legislature, in our own houses, and for many of you, amongst our own families. those of us of a certain age, if you're white, it's easy to believe, what's the problem? things work well. there's good jobs here. you can buy a house. why can't everybody do this? it's time to have that conversation with your relatives. it's time to have this conversation in every corner of the state. that we cannot continue the way
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we've been going. and the good news about this is there's plenty to go around. we know what works. we need to start applying it. we need to make that commitment. so we have to rebuild, restore and reimagine the relationship with law enforcement and the communities they serve, we must tackle racial inequities in every corner of our society. from health to home ownership to education and we have to do it finding that common humanity. i know that the people of goodwill across this state and across this country know what you saw today could and needs to be a pivotal moment in race and equity and decency across this country. and i said it back in may, that we're not going to get another chance to do this. this is our moment. and for those of you who have seen minnesota and as the governor of minnesota it breaks my heart, but my pledge is to make it better. this is a great state. with great people.
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and it's now our time to show that means every single person. with that i'd like to turn it over to my friend and someone we look to to lead on these issues, someone who has been there every step of the way, mayor melvin carter of the great city of st. paul. >> good evening. i'm melvin carter. i'm the mayor of the city of st. paul, minnesota. minnesota's capital city. i have read many times and heard many times -- >> we'll go now to vice president kamala harris. joe biden is there as well. let's listen in. vice president harris: this verdict brings us a step closer and the fact is we still have work to do. we still must reform the system. last summer, along with senator corey boork and representative karen bass, i introduced the george floyd justice in policing act. this bill would hold law
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enforcement accountable and help build trust between law enforcement and our communities. this bill is a part of george floyd's legacy. the president and i will continue to urge the senate to pass this legislation. not as a panacea for every problem, but as a start. this work is long overdue. america has a long history of systemic racism. black americans and black men in particular have been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human. black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors. their lives must be valued in
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our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system. in our nation. full stop. because of smartphones so many americans have now seen the racial injustice that black americans have known for generations. the racial injustice that we have fought for generations. that my parents protested in the 1960's. that millions of us, americans of every race, protested last summer. here's the truth about racial injustice. it is not just a black american problem or a people of color problem, it is a problem for every american. it is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of
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liberty and justice for all. and it is hold ourg nation back -- holding our nation back from realizing our full potential. we are all a part of george floyd's legacy. and our job now is to honor it and to honor him. thank you. and now it is my great honor to introduce the president of the united states, joe biden. president biden: today a jury in minnesota found former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of george
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floyd last may. it was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. the systemic racism, a sustain ourn nation's soul. the knee on the neck of justice for black americans. the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion as black and brown americans -- that black and brown americans experience every single day. the murder of george floyd launched a summer of protest we haven't seen since the civil rights era of the 1960's. protests -- protests that unified people of every race and generation with peace and with purpose to say enough, enough. enough of the senseless killings.
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today, today's verdict is a step forward. i just spoke of the governor of minnesota -- with the governor of minnesota, thanked me for the close work with his team. i also spoke with george floyd's family again. remarkable family of extraordinary courage. nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back. but this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in america. let's also be clear. such a verdict is also much too rare. for so many people it seems like it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of factors, a brave young woman with a smartphone camera, a crowd that was traumatized, traumatized witnesses.
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a murder that lasts almost 10 minutes in broad daylight for ultimately the whole world to see. officers standing up and testifying against a fellow officer instead of just closing ranks. which should be commended. a jury who heard the evidence, carried out their civic duty, in the midst of an extraordinary moment, under extraordinary pressure. for so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver a just -- just basic accountability. we saw how traumatic and exhausting just watching the trial was for so many people. think about it. those here listening, think about how traumatic it was for you. you weren't there, you didn't know any of the people. but it was difficult,
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especially for the witnesses who had to relive that day. it's a trauma. on top of the fears so many people of color live with every day when they go to sleep at night and pray for the safety of themselves and their loved ones. again, as we saw in this trial, from the fellow police officers who testified, most men and women who wear the badge serve their communities honorably. but those few who fail to meet that standard must be held accountable and they were today. one was. no one should be above the law. and today's verdict sends that message. but it's not enough. we can't stop here. in order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like
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this will ever happen and occur again. to ensure that black and brown people or anyone so they don't fear the interactions with law enforcement. that they don't have to wake up knowing that they can lose their very life in the course of just living their life. they don't have to worry about whether their sons or daughters will come home after a grocery store run or just walking down the street or driving a car, playing in the park, or just sleeping at home. and this takes acknowledging and confronting head-on systemic racism and the racial disparities that exist in policing and in our criminal justice system more broadly. state and local governments and law enforcement need to step up. but so does the federal government. that's why i've appointed the leadership of the justice department that i have.
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that is fully committed to restoring trust between law enforcement and the community they are sworn to serve and protect. i have complete confidence in the attorney general, general garland's leadership and commitment. i've also nominated two key justice department nominees, anita gupta and kristen clarke, who are eminently qualified, highly respected lawyers who have spent their entire careers fighting to advance racial equity and justice. anita and kristen have the experience and the skill necessary to advance our administration's priorities, to root out unconstitutional policing and reform our criminal justice system. and they deserve to be confirmed. we also need congress to act. george floyd was murdered almost a year ago. there's meaningful police reform legislation in his name.
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you just heard the vice president speak of it. she helped write it. legislation to tackle systemic misconduct in police departments, to restore trust between law enforcement and the people they're entrusted to serve and protect. but it shouldn't take a whole year to get this done. in my conversations with the floyd family, i spoke with them again today. i assured them we're going to continue to fight for the passage of the george floyd justice in policing act. so i can sign it into law as quickly as possible. there's more to do. finally, it's the work we do every day to change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies. that's the work we have to do. only then will full justice and full equality be delivered to all americans. and that's what i just discussed with the floyd family. the guilty verdict does not bring back george.
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but through the family's pain, they're finding purpose so george's legacy will not be just about his death, but about what we must do in his memory. i also spoke to george's young daughter again. when i met her last year, i've said this before, at george's funeral, i told her how brave i thought she was. and i sort of knelt down to hold her hand. i said, daddy's looking down on you, he's so proud. she said to me then, i'll never forget it, daddy changed the world. i told her this afternoon, daddy did change the world. let that be his legacy. a legacy of peace, not violence. of justice. peaceful expression of that legacy are inevitable and appropriate. but violent protest is not.
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and there are those who will seek to exploit the raw emotion s of the moment. agitators and extremists who have no interest in social justice. who seek to carry out violence, destroy property, fan the flames of hate and division. going to do everything in their power to stop this country's march toward racial justice. we can't let them succeed. this is a time for thising country to come together, to unite as americans. there can never be any safe harbor for hate in america. i've said it many times. the battle for the soul of this nation has been a constant push and pull for more than 240 years. a tug of war between the american ideal that we're all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart.
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at our best, the american ideal wins out. so we can't leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done. we have to look at it -- we have to -- we have to look as we did for those nine minutes and 29 seconds. we have to listen. i can't breathe. i can't breathe. those were george floyd's last words. we can't let those words die with him. we have to keep hearing those words. we must not turn away, we can't turn away. we have a chance to begin to change the trajectory in this country. it's my hope and prayer that we ivelup -- live up to the legacy. may god bless you, may god bless george floyd and his family. thank you for taking the time


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