Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Statement of Rep. Sewell on Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict in Death of George Floyd

Apr 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) released the following statement: 

“Last summer, our Nation watched in horror for an excruciating 8 minutes and 46 seconds as Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd. Today, after a three-week trial, the jury found Chauvin guilty on all three counts for the murder of George P. Floyd. 

While this verdict will not bring George Floyd back to his family and loved ones, I believe justice was served. This conviction is a step forward in American’s ongoing search for true justice in the senseless killing of unarmed Black Americans at the hands of those whose job it is to serve and protect. The onus continues to fall on Congress and the federal government to comprehensively address police brutality and hold police accountable. We must not rest until the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is signed into law. 

To those across America who are peacefully protesting for social justice, I urge you to not give up. The justice you seek is Good Trouble. While we will continue to pray for peace and justice, we learned from the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement that it is impossible to change history without demanding the change we want to see.”