Congressman Johnson’s statement on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial

April 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement after the jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter surrounding the death of George Floyd.

“Today, justice has been served. The prosecution scored a slam dunk and the jury agreed. As prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said during closing arguments: ‘while some believe George Floyd died from an enlarged heart, he actually died because ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s heart was too small.’ While today we recognize that justice was served, one case will not change broken taillight policing in Black and brown communities. We must continue our work to reform the police and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. As members of Congress, we must continue to advance reform of our criminal justice system and pass police accountability legislation. We must act now to halt the brutal injustice of police misconduct, the taking of lives, or George Floyd will have died in vain.”

Congressman Johnson is a senior member of House Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. He is also a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Georgia’s 4th Congressional District includes parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County. Prior to Congress, Rep. Johnson was a defense attorney for 27 years in DeKalb County.



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