For Immediate Release
APRIL 20, 2021
CHAUVIN VERDICT A RELIEF, BUT WHAT’S NEXT?
The conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd brings some measure of justice but should only be a starting point, the leader of a global denomination said today.
“There is solace in this guilty verdict, just as there is justice,” said Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “The world was watching this trial, just as the world watched Derek Chauvin compress George Floyd’s neck beneath his knee for more than nine minutes last May. The verdict is justice, but it is only a single thread in a complex tapestry.
“Only 10 miles from the courtroom where Derek Chauvin was on trial, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed a police officer last week – another example of unjustified violence. The cases mount up, don’t they? They seem to be never-ending, as each week seems to bring another tale of death at the hands of law enforcement, almost always among black and brown people.
“The Chauvin verdict is assuaging, but we must continue to be vigilant. We must seek structural and enduring change that makes stories like this a rarity instead of a commonplace news item. Our churches remain committed to dialogue and healing within their own communities, and I call on people of faith to lead. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough any more; it’s time to stand up and shout.”
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