Third Way Statement on the Guilty Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin
"On some days in America, it is possible to see the long arc of the moral universe bending, just a little, toward justice. Today is one of those days.
"The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd does not right any wrongs. It does not give Mr. Floyd and his family the years that were stolen from them. It will not repair the deep and systemic racial injustices in our law enforcement system. It cannot heal America’s divides or bring about some new dawn of racial understanding.
"But it is a small, vital step toward justice. It is a statement that we simply will not tolerate the reckless disregard for Black lives from anyone, on either side of the “thin blue line.”
"We are grateful to the prosecutors and the jury for helping America take this small step. And we are heartened by the groundswell of Americans shining a spotlight on systemic racism in policing and other parts of our life and demanding change. It is now up to public officials—in our federal and state governments and in law enforcement—to take the many more steps we need to ensure that systemic racism is ripped from our justice system, root and branch. We are deeply committed to being part of that vital and urgent action."