Durbin Statement On Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty On All Charges In Death Of George Floyd

Announces Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on police reform in May

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd: 

“The image of Derek Chauvin staring straight into the camera as George Floyd died under his knee haunts me to this day.  The injustice of his killing is undeniable.  And so is the fact that systemic racism continues to plague America. 

“The verdict of this jury gives me hope that we can strive for a system of justice in our nation that is applied equally to all.

“As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have the forum and the means to help move our nation nearer to that goal.  To that end, the Committee will hold a hearing next month on police reform.

“I know today’s ruling provides only a small measure of comfort to the Floyd family.  His loss will be forever felt.  We will honor George Floyd’s memory by continuing the fight for racial justice.”