tv President Biden Delivers Remarks on Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial CSPAN April 21, 2021 1:05am-1:21am EDT
>> president biden and vice president harris spoke about the guilty verdict in the derek chauvin trial, calling the jury's decision "a step forward." their address from the white house is about 15 minutes. vice d evening. first, i want to thank the jury for their service and i want to thank mr. floyd's family for your steadfastness. today, we feel a sigh of relief. still, it cannot take away the pain. a measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice. 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, together with senator cory booker and representative karen bass, i introduced the george floyd justice in policing act. this bill will hold law enforcement accountable and help
build trust between law enforcement and our communities. this bill is 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. america -- black americans and black men in particular have been treated throughout our history as less than human. black men are fathers and sons and brothers and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors. their lives must be valued, in our education system, and our health care system, and our
housing system, and our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation. full stop. because of smart phones, 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 is the truth about racial injustice. it is not just a black america problem or a people of color problem, it is a problem for every american. it is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all.
and it is 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. 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 for the murder of george 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 for -- just referred to, systemic racism that is a stain on our nation's sole, the knee on the neck of justice for black americans, profound fear and trauma, the pain and exhaustion that black americans experience everything the day. the murder of george floyd launched a summer of protest we hadn't seen since the civil rights era of the 1960's, protest that unified people of every generation, for a single purpose, to say enough. enough is enough. enough of these senseless killings.
today's verdict is a step forward. i just spoke to the governor of minnesota, who thanked me for the close work with his team. i also spoke with george floyd's family again, a 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. but let's also be clear, such a verdict is also much too rare. for so many people, it seems like it took a unique convergence of factors -- a brave young woman with a smart phone camera, a crowd that was traumatized, traumatized witnesses, a murder that lasts almost 10 minutes in broad
daylight for the whole world to see, officers standing up and testifying against a fellow officer instead of just closing ranks, which should be commended. the jury who heard the evidence and carried out their civic duty in the midst of an extraordinary moment, under extraordinary pressure. four so many, it seems like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver a just and basic accountability. we saw how traumatic and exhausting just watching the trial was for so many people. inc. about it, those who are listening, think about how traumatic it was for you, and you weren't there and didn't know any of the people. but it was difficult. especially for the witnesses who
had to relive that day. it is a trauma, on top of the fear so many people of color live with every day, when they go to sleep every night and pray for the safety of themselves and their loved ones. 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, entity's verdict sends a message. but it is 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 a tragedy like this will ever occur again, to ensure that
black or brown people or anyone, so that they don't fear the interactions of 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, driving their car, playing at the park or just sleeping at home. 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. you know, state and local law enforcement and government needs to step up. so does the federal government. that is why i have appointed the leadership at the justice department that i have. it is fully committed to
restoring trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to reserve -- sworn to protect. i have confidence in attorney general merrick garland. i have also nominated anita gupta and kristen clark, highly-respected lawyers who have spent their entire careers fighting racial injustice. they 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 is meaningful police reform legislation in his name. you just heard the vice president speak of it.
she helped write it, legislation to tackle systemic misconduct in police departments, restore trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. but this shouldn't take a year to get this done. my conversations with the floyd family, and i spoke with them again today and assured that we are but to continue to fight for the george for lloyd justice in -- george floyd justice in policing act, so i consigned the law as soon as possible. but there is more to do. finally, it is the work we do every day to change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies. that is the work we have to do. only then, with ful -- only then willful justice on fully quality be delivered to all americans. that is what i just discussed with the floyd family. the guilty verdict does not bring back george. but through the family's pain,
they are 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 john, and george's young daughter again. i have said this before, i told her how brave i thought she was. i knelt down and held her hand and i said, daddy is looking down on you. he is so proud. she said to me then, and i will never forget it, daddy changed the world. and i told her this afternoon, daddy did change the world. let that be his legacy, a legacy of peace, nonviolence, and justice, peaceful expression, that legacy is inevitable and appropriate, but violent protest
is not. and there are those who seek to exploit the raw emotions 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 and who will 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 this country to come together and unite as americans. there can never be any safe harbor for hate in america. i have 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 are all created equal, and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart. 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 as we did, through those nine minutes and 29 seconds. we have to listen, i can't breathe, i can't breathe. those are 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. eight is my hope and prayer -- it is my hope and prayer that we live up to the legacy. may god less you -- bless you, and may god bless george floyd and his family. thank you for taking the time to
be here. this could be a moment of sick if it. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> shortly after the guilty verdict was announced, the prosecution team joined minnesota attorney general keith ellison for a news conference outside the courthouse. attorney general ellison: good afternoon, everyone. my name is keith ellison, attorney general of minnesota. since the prosecution of this case began last may, everyone