House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement on the verdict reached in the Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd.
“I hope that George Floyd’s family, friends and loved ones can now begin to heal. No family should have to endure the kind of trauma they have this past year. My thoughts continue to be with them,” said Leader Sykes.
“Today, Derek Chauvin was held accountable for killing George Floyd. But true justice will prevail when Black Lives Matter. Justice will prevail when communities no longer fear the people sworn to serve them. Justice will prevail when we no longer have to “Say Her Name.” Justice will prevail when liberty and justice for all means for ALL.
“While today is a tremendous step, we know this isn’t the end of oppression, racism and injustice in America. Far from it. But it is my hope that today’s verdict can serve as a turning point in the movement to dismantle racist systems, hold those sworn to protect us to a higher standard, and move us a step closer to building a more perfect Union where Black lives truly matter.”