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Boston mayor Kim Janey commended the jury and the prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin case, and said George Floyd's name now represents the urgency of racial reckoning and police reform across our country.
KIM JANEY: As the first Black mayor and the first woman mayor of the city of Boston, I continue to pray for the family of George Floyd. And I know the importance of the African proverb, "When you pray, move your feet." And our work here in the city of Boston must continue.
I commend the jury and the prosecutors in this case. George Floyd's name now represents the urgency of racial reckoning and police reform across our country. While many of us breathe a sigh of relief, George Floyd and countless others are still dead, and the conditions that led to so many senseless killings still exist.
While I am truly grateful for a guilty verdict, I know that our work in our city and every other city across America to advance racial justice continues. I encourage the residents of Boston to engage in this work with us.
Doing the work to dismantle structural racism will take all of us. I invite us to all come together to not only reimagine our criminal justice system and how we police, I encourage you to engage with us in city contracting, and housing, and education, and so many issues that need our attention.