Rep Ilhan Omar Remarks on Derek Chauvin Trial in Brooklyn Center

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar joined local officials to call for police reform in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 20.

Footage filmed by Brendan Gutenschwager shows Omar making remarks on the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with the death of George Floyd.

“The case, to me, feels like a closed case, where it shouldn’t be really even a question whether there will be an acquittal or a verdict that doesn’t meet the scale of the crime that was committed,” Omar said.

“We are holding on to one another for support, we are checking in on one another and hopefully … the community can start the process of healing," she continued. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful

Video Transcript

ILHAN OMAR: The case, to me, feels like a closed case, where it shouldn't be really even questioned whether there will be an acquittal or a verdict that doesn't meet the scale of the crime that was committed. I know that the majority of the community has a trust in the leadership of Attorney General Keith Ellison and the prosecutors that he put forth to be able to prosecute this case in a way that was dignified and just.

And, you know, as the community is still on edge and feels that we are a community that has experienced injustice over and over again, that this might actually be the turning point. And so we are prayed up. We are, you know, holding on to one another for support. We are checking in on one another. And hopefully this verdict will come soon and the community can start the process of healing.