President Biden says Derek Chauvin guilty verdict is ‘not enough’

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the country from the White House Tuesday evening following the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, saying that it was a step in the right direction. 

“Today, we feel a sigh of relief, but still, it cannot take away the pain,” Harris said. “A measure of justice is not the same as equal justice… we still must reform the system.”   

“America has a long history of systemic racism. Black Americans and Black men, in particular, have been treated as less than human,” Harris added. “Because of smartphones, so many Americans have now seen the racial injustice that black Americans have known for generations.” 

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis cop, was found guilty Tuesday on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter for killing George Floyd last May.   

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President Biden said that the guilty verdict was very rare but “not enough.”   

“It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see,” he said. “Systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul.” 

Biden and Harris reportedly spoke to Floyd’s family over the phone following the verdict, Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump revealed in a video on Twitter before the family’s press conference.  

“Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least now there’s some justice,” Biden told the family on the call. “You’re an incredible family. I wish I were there to put arms around you.” 

Hours before the verdict came in, Biden said, “I am praying the verdict is the right verdict.” Adding, “I think it’s overwhelming in my view,” according to NBC News. 

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