The US President said it took an extraordinary convergence of factors to convict Derek Chauvin.
JOE BIDEN: The murder of George Floyd launched a summer of protest we hadn't seen since the Civil rights era in the '60s, protests that unified people of every race and generation, in peace and with purpose, to say enough. Enough. Enough of the senseless killings.
Today-- today's verdict is a step forward. Let's also be clear that such a verdict is also much too rare. For so many people, it seems like it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of factors, a brave young woman with a smartphone camera, a crowd that was traumatized, traumatized witnesses, a murder that lasted almost 10 minutes in broad daylight, for ultimately the whole world to see. Officers standing up and testifying against a fellow officer instead of just closing ranks, which should be commended.
A jury who heard the evidence, carried out their civic duty in the midst of an extraordinary moment, under extraordinary pressure. For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver a just-- just basic accountability. So we can't leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done. We have to look at it-- we have to look as we did for those nine minutes and 29 seconds. We have to listen. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. Those are George Floyd's last words. We can't let those words die with him.
KAMALA HARRIS: America has a long history of systemic racism. Black Americans, and Black men in particular have been treated throughout the course of our history, as less than human. Black men our fathers, and brothers, and sons, and uncles, and grandfathers, and friends, and neighbors. Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation, full stop.