SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Local figures were quick to comment about the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.
On Tuesday, Chauvin was convicted on all three counts he was charged with: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.READ MORE: Who Is Mark Lavea, Suspect Killed In San Andreas Hostage Situation?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted that the case shows that the work of fighting systemic racism needs to continue.
George Floyd would still be alive if he looked like me. That must change.
No conviction can repair the harm done to the Floyd family, but today’s verdict provides accountability.
Now, we must continue our work to root out the racial injustice that haunts our society.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 20, 2021
“George Floyd would still be alive if he looked like me. That must change,” Newsom wrote. “No conviction can repair the harm done to the Floyd family, but today’s verdict provides accountability.
Actor and Sacramento native LeVar Burton was more to the point in his reaction to the guilty verdict.
I can breathe… #bydhttmwfi
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 20, 2021
“I can breathe,” Burton tweeted.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted that the verdict was just the beginning of justice.
“Our country’s most persistent virus, racism, will not be wiped away with one verdict. But this jury’s decision offers hope that our criminal justice system can hold law enforcement officers to account when they needlessly take the lives of the people they are sworn to protect and serve, and who pose no real threat,” Steinberg wrote.
— @mayor_Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) April 20, 2021
Sacramento Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive said his team would continue to use their platform to combat systemic racism.READ MORE: Trap, Tag, Haze: New Efforts To Get Bears To Behave In Tahoe Area
“Today, we have seen justice served and this ruling should be a model for accountability, as it has not been the reality for so many other cases,” Ranadive wrote.
— Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek) April 20, 2021
Ranadive also ended his statement with the refrain “Black Lives Matter. Black Futures Matter.”
Many other figures also reacted to Tuesday’s guilty verdict:
The verdict was the correct one. Still, George Floyd’s murder was caused by systemic issues and will happen again without real structural changes.
Black folks deserve justice and love while alive.
White supremacy must end.
Our work continues. #BlackLivesMatter
— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) April 20, 2021
— H.E.R. (@HERMusicx) April 20, 2021
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