Chauvin Verdict Was About Accountability and the Movement for Equity & Justice Continues

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Statement by Khalif Ali, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania

“I am encouraged by the decision in the Chauvin trial, but we must remember that this was about accountability, not justice. Justice would mean that George Floyd was alive today. We have so much more to do to build an equitable, inclusive democracy where everyone can feel safe, thrive, and have a voice. There is no doubt the criminal justice system has a history of failure in similar cases. This one conviction does not absolve a system that has disappointed the families of Michael Brown, Antwon Rose, Breonna Taylor, Botham Jean and so many others. We need systemic change and action when it comes to policing and white supremacy in this country, and we the people will not rest until we achieve it.”