President Biden said Tuesday that the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd is a step forward toward ensuring racial justice in America, but he stressed that more must be done.
“We can’t leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done,” Biden said in remarks from the White House hours after the jury returned a guilty verdict in downtown Minneapolis. “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 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 live up to the legacy,” he continued. “This can be a moment of significant change.”