"No one should be above the law, and today's verdict sends that message. But it's not enough," Biden said, calling on Congress to act on police reform legislation.
A jury on Tuesday found that Chauvin was guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree "depraved mind" murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a Black man. Video of the incident touched off global protests over race and police brutality.
KAMALA HARRIS: Today we feel a sigh of relief. Still, it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice. 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. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all.
JOE BIDEN: It was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. The systemic racism that's a stain on our nation's soul. 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 lasts almost 10 minutes in broad daylight for ultimately the whole world to see. It feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver a just, just basic accountability.
No one should be above the law, and today's verdict sends that message but it's not enough. We also need Congress to act. George Floyd was murdered almost a year ago. There's meaningful police reform legislation in his name. Legislation to tackle systemic misconduct in police departments, to restore trust between law enforcement and the people they are entrusted to serve and protect. But it shouldn't take a whole year to get this done. Through the family's pain, they're finding purpose so George's legacy will not be just about his death but about what we must do in his memory.