Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz lauded Tuesday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, and pledged that it is just the beginning to enacting real change for the Black community in his state.
“It's an important step towards justice for Minnesota, trial’s over, but here in Minnesota, I want to be very clear, we know our work just begins. This is the floor, not the ceiling of where we need to get to,” Walz said.
“We know that accountability in the courtroom is only the very first step,” the governor continued. “To the Floyd family, we grieve for you, today is a small measure but George is not coming back. A child lost a father, a brother, an uncle, a friend. We mourn with you, and we promise the pursuit will continue for justice, as Attorney General [Keith] Ellison said, ‘this isn't justice, it's just one step towards it.’ Through justice for George Floyd will come through real systemic change, to prevent this from ever happening again."
Walz said that today’s verdict represents a pivotal moment not just for his state, but for the entire country.
“This is our moment, and for those of you who have seen Minnesota, and as the governor of Minnesota, it breaks my heart, but my pledge is to make it better,” Walz added. “This is a great state, with great people, and it's now our time to show that means, every single person."