Maloney Statement on the Sentencing of Derek Chauvin
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the following statement after Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd:
“Last year, the American public witnessed a brutal murder as we watched Derek Chauvin kneel on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Today, we bore witness as his family expressed to the court and the American people the incredible impact George had on their lives. George Floyd did not ask to be a symbol or martyr and his family did not just ask to hold Derek Chauvin accountable – they asked for justice.
“We know our fight for justice is not over – because justice would mean not one more Black life taken by the police. The Senate needs to immediately send the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to President Biden’s desk so that we can finally implement bold and comprehensive criminal justice and policing reform.
“This legislation is just the first of many steps to address structural racism in policing. We must invest in programs that keep communities safe without overpolicing, that dispatch mental health professionals when someone is in a mental health crisis rather than criminalizing this behavior, and that pursue the people-to-people work that addresses systemic racism and bias head on.
“Nothing will ever bring George Floyd back to his family. We must work tirelessly not only to hold police officers accountable for their conduct, but also to pass crucial structural reforms so that injustices like this one never happen again.”