Charlotte Dems statement on the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin

Charlotte County, Florida – The Chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee, Teresa Jenkins, released the following statement on the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

“The Charlotte County Democratic Party welcomes Tuesday’s verdict on the conviction of Derek Chauvin for his murder of George Floyd. The verdict does not, however, represent the end of our shared struggle but merely one step toward the better world we are all seeking to build. While today we applaud the outcome, we must continue to strive to dismantle the system that has allowed such injustices to take place.

The verdict is a milestone for a country whose legal system rarely holds police officers accountable for killing on the job, especially when the victims are Black people. Perhaps it is a sign that the death of Mr. Floyd has moved the country toward more accountability for police abuse and more equality under the law.

Yet we cannot say that justice has been served when countless people of color have been denied their human rights by a system that continues to treat them as less-than.

The fight is not over, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Jamarri Daiwon Tarver and far too many others should still be with us. We will keep fighting for justice in their names.

Our thoughts are with Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones during this sensitive time and with the families of too many others who have yet to see justice.

Now and always, Black Lives Matter.”