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George Floyd represents 'urgency of racial reckoning,' Boston Mayor Kim Janey says

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In Boston, a new office of police accountability and transparency promises to serve as a check on the police department.

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JOHN ATWATER: The message from leaders both in Washington and here in Boston, it is pretty clear tonight that this should really just be the beginning of meaningful change.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: We can't leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done.

JOHN ATWATER: Worldwide protests and pressure in the wake of George Floyd's death reignited a movement, and leaders say the verdict today means momentum is building.

MAYORK KIM JANEY: While many of us breathe a sigh of relief, George Floyd and countless others are still dead.

JOHN ATWATER: In Boston, a new office of police accountability and transparency promises to serve as a check on the police department, the new oversight panel created in the wake of protests last summer.

- Here's the truth about racial injustice, it is not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem, it is a problem for every American.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Systemic racism is a stain on our nation's soul, the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans.

JOHN ATWATER: As the first Black mayor of the city of Boston, Kim Janey says she is committed to using her new role to continue her lifelong fight for racial justice.

MAYOR KIM JANEY: George Floyd's name now represents the urgency of racial reckoning and police reform across our country.

JOHN ATWATER: And police reform of course gets a lot of attention, but the mayor says she is also focused on reform in areas like housing and education. We're live in Boston tonight. John Atwater, WCVB.

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