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April 20, 2021

Philadelphia Bar Association Issues Statement on Guilty Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Case

“This verdict is a continuation of the fight for equal justice for all,” Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna says.

Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna issued the following statement with respect to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial arising from the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty on counts of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“Today’s guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin is the consequence of his egregious, unjust and racist conduct last Memorial Day. We believe it was the right outcome, but it in no way represents a victory. George Floyd’s family will still have to live with the tragic loss of their son, brother and father. And while this verdict takes perhaps a very small step toward atoning for the massive inequalities faced by Black and Brown people who interact with the justice system, there is a lot of difficult work left to do.

“This verdict is a continuation of the fight for equal justice for all. Every day, Americans in the minority fear persecution because of the color of their skin, their religious beliefs or sexual orientation, often from the very systems and structures that are supposed to protect us all.

“We must continue to engage in nonviolent protest, to write, to speak, to have courageous conversations about the role we all play in achieving equal rights for all individuals and justice for victims of senseless acts of violence. Our Association will continue to provide opportunities for our community to initiate these conversations and engage in this important work.”

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