Florida Democrats Respond to Chauvin Murder Conviction

Florida Democrats Respond to Chauvin Murder Conviction

How long will Chauvin serve in prison?

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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April 20, 2021

After jurors came back with a murder conviction and two other guilty verdicts filed against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for his role in the death of  George Floyd,  supporters of Floyd across the nation expressed their happiness and relief over what many believe was a just outcome. Chauvin is being held without bond until his sentencing and faces up to 40 years in prison for causing the death of Floyd by kneeling on his neck.

Florida Democrats, including many state and federal legislators, expressed their thoughts on the verdict on social media.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo SmithCan’t begin to imagine what this #GUILTY verdict must feel like for Black Americans. There are no words. But I will, in this moment, re-commit myself to the actions necessary to dismantle systems of racism, end injustice + build a world #GeorgeFloyd would be proud of.

State Rep. Anna EskamaniVerdict: Guilty on ALL three counts. We will never be able to bring #GeorgeFloyd back, but justice has been served and accountability matters. His name will forever be a rallying cry for ending police brutality & for #BlackLivesMatter Sending love to the Floyd family tonight.

State Senator Shevrin JonesThe emotion, as a young Black man in this country, to have justice prevail in the Chauvin murder trial that has captivated the world’s attention is indescribable. While millions of people breathe a sigh of relief for this accountability, there is still so much work to be done.

State Rep. Omari HardyThis is justice, but it is not the justice we've been marching for. It's justice in the thinnest sense of the word. We are relieved to have it, but we deserve more. We deserve the kind of justice that would have George Floyd and countless others alive & with their families today.

State Senator Jason Pizzo (pictured)Guilty on all counts. Take tonight to speak with your children, your family and friends. The Criminal Justice system can deliver Justice. Peace be with all of us.

U.S. Rep. Darren SotoNo family should ever have to go through the pain that #GeorgeFloyd’s family experienced. Yet, in America, too many lives have been taken due to unlawful police violence. While this verdict is a start, we must continue pushing to pass the #JusticeInPolicingAct

U.S. Rep. Ted DeutchJustice feels like an enormous step forward today. But justice is what we should expect every day in America. There is so much for us to do.

U.S. Rep. Kathy CastorGeorge Floyd should still be alive. Today’s ruling provides accountability for his wrongful death. I hope it brings his family and loved ones some peace. It’s past time to seek justice for ALL of our neighbors… the ability to live without fear of dying at the hands of police.

U.S. Rep. Lois FrankelThe verdict finding Derek Chauvin guilty of murder brought tears of joy and hope to millions of Americans who witnessed with their own eyes the homicide of George Floyd.

U.S. Rep. Val DemingsToday's verdict signals that we can be the America we are supposed to be. I hope that the Senate sees today as a springboard to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. We deserve it, good law enforcement officers deserve it, America deserves it

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzFinally, a clearly guilty police officer was served justice. Yet with police brutality cases against people of color, accountability can remain frustratingly elusive. Chauvin’s conviction brings relief, but justice is still erratic.

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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