CLINIC Executive Director on the Verdict in the Trial for the Murder of George Floyd

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Yesterday, twelve jurors did the right thing and convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. 

This decision does not and cannot erase the pain that Mr. Floyd’s family and friends will feel for their entire lives. It does not heal the hearts of those who love and have lost Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Jonathan Price, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, Botham Jean, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo and so many others whose names we now know by heart. 

Chauvin’s guilty verdict is a step forward for the United States. But while the jury deliberated in Minneapolis, Ma'Khia Bryant was killed by police in Columbus. She was fifteen. 

Christ calls us to love one another as He loves us. We are all brothers and sisters, and must and will fight racism and hatred in every form for our communities, our families and those who will come after us. As Catholics, our faith demands that we stand together to create whole communities of welcome, love and opportunity for all of God’s children. 

Gianna Floyd said, “Daddy changed the world,” and that is true. But white people must do their part and change.  

May God bless the family of George Floyd and every one of the people killed by racism. May God guide our nation toward real and lasting change.