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Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist on Chauvin Trial


April 20, 2021

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Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist on Chauvin Trial 


LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist issued the following statements after the verdict was delivered in the trial of Derek Chauvin 


"For George Floyd and his familyjustice. For the rest of us, a reminder to continue pushing for justice in every corner of our societyMy heart is with George Floyd's family, and I want them to know that millions of MichigandersMinnesotans, and Americans mourn with them. No verdict can bring George back, but his legacy will live onLast year, millions of people around the world spoke with a collective voice when we said Black Lives Matter. Together, we will continue tackling the deep-rooted, structural racism and inequitpresent in our institutions and faced by Black Americans every day. Our work is just getting started. I think George's daughter Gianna Floyd said it best, "Daddy changed the world." -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer 


"Today, justice was served for George Floyd and his family. As a Black man in America, I have felt the sting of racism and injustice personally, and too many of our brothers and sisters know the visceral pain and exhaustion that communities of color face every day. That is why we must honor George Floyd's legacy and the legacy of countless others as we advance justice and tackle inequities through our words and deeds. We have to address the pain that so many individuals are feeling with purpose as we work towards restoring the respect that all individuals of color deserve. When we do that, we can ensure that everyone makes it home to their loved ones at the end of the day. This verdict is a good outcome, and it was made possible by the community organizers, faith leaders, and law enforcement officers, who had to courage to make their voices heard, but the work is not done. We must continue to press for policies that protect and expand access to justice and opportunity." -- Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist