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Illinois reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Illinois reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

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Prosecutors and the defense attorney in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin used their lengthy closing arguments to seal their version of events that led to George Floyd's death in the minds of jurors.

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in a statement Tuesday said the conviction of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd "gives me hope that we can strive for a system of justice in our nation that is applied equally to all."

“I know today’s ruling provides only a small measure of comfort to the Floyd family. His loss will be forever felt. We will honor George Floyd’s memory by continuing the fight for racial justice," said Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said: “While today’s ruling won’t bring George Floyd back, it brings his family—and the entire community—closer to some semblance of justice, sends a message that our nation cannot ignore police violence and reminds us all that accountability is still possible."

She called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds and end “qualified immunity” for law enforcement and create national standards for policing.

 U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all counts in the death of Floyd:

Other reactions to the conviction:

"George Floyd’s life and death will forever affect the trajectory of race discussions in the United States. His trial ignited strong emotions of pain and mistrust throughout the country. I pray that the public’s reaction here in Illinois is one that remembers George Floyd’s life and death by pursuing peaceful progress for all those who are hurting in America.”

— Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods

"George Floyd’s murder reignited the fight for justice across this country in the never-ending hope that someday justice might be found. This verdict will not undo the tragedy and suffering. But it should serve as a historic marker in our ongoing work to build a just and equal society.”

— Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park

"Today, after 11 months, we have finally received a verdict that suggests we may have some common sense of justice. While it's important to have faith in the future of our own humanity, it should not have taken George Floyd losing his life, Gianna Floyd losing her father, for our hearts and minds to change."

— House Speaker Chris Welch, D-Chicago

"Until we can achieve a society where everyone is given the opportunity to fulfil their best lives, we must continue to fight for real safety and justice for all. Public safety must belong to us, the people.”

— State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago

"The killing of George Floyd caused much unrest across the nation as many of us witnessed the horror of George Floyd's final moments. I hope this verdict brings a sense of peace to Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and community."

— State Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield

“While I’m pleased that the jury made the right decision, this verdict will not bring George Floyd back. As a country, we still have a long way to go to fully eradicate racism." 

— State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago 

“Over a year ago, George Floyd’s death spurred unrest across the nation. Today’s verdict offers some consolation that racism, bigotry and violence carry consequences."

— State Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Buffalo Grove

“With today’s verdict, Derek Chauvin has been held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. At a basic minimum, this is what we need, and I am relieved to see the verdict. But we must ask ourselves now what justice will look like for George Floyd."

— State Sen. Mike Simmons, D-Chicago

"As many cheer this guilty verdict, this act of justice for George Floyd, let us not forget others for whom no justice or police accountability was found: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Tamir Rice, and so many others. We will still speak their names along with George Floyd as we work to bridge our differences, fix our problems, and search for a more perfect union in this country."

— Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton



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