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Apr 20, 2021

Melanie L. Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable Issues Statement Following Jury Decision on Derek Chauvin Trial (Press Release)

Washington, D.C. -- On Tuesday, April 20th Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) issued the following statement in following the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial:

While justice has been delivered today in the guilty conviction of Derek Chauvin on all three counts (2nd & 3rd degree murder and manslaughter), nothing will ever bring back George Floyd for his family. We hope that this verdict will bring some measure of justice to his loved ones.

Our nation can no longer continue having two separate systems of justice. Police violence has been a plague on our people for centuries, with every police encounter having the potential to turn deadly for Black and brown communities.

Police accountability is a critical first step in reforming a broken law enforcement system. Beyond this verdict, now is the time for Congress to honor George Floyd’s legacy by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to ensure we implement the systemic change needed to repair our country’s broken policing system.

Today, hope and justice won.

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