The Nebraska Democratic Party’s Black Caucus issued the following statement Tuesday after jurors found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, who was black, during an arrest.
“Last year, the death of George Floyd shocked our nation, inspiring many of us to take to the streets to protest another tragic death at the hands of law enforcement. Today, a jury returned a verdict convicting that officer of all counts. While today we celebrate that justice was served for George Floyd, we must not forget that we still have work to do. Our country was built on the concept of liberty and justice for all, yet too many of us have lost our life and liberty without justice.
“Today we proudly stand with the family of George Floyd, however tomorrow, we will continue our fight. As a caucus, we will continue to push for an end to mass incarceration, an end to over-policing in our community, an end to gun violence, and an end to our deaths by those sworn to protect us.
“Together we must commit to holding each other accountable for continuing to fight to make our communities safer and our lives matter.”
Precious McKesson, NDP Black Caucus Chair
Jo-El Chiles, NDP Black Caucus Vice Chair
Jacquelyn Morrison, NDP Secretary
Senator Terrell McKinney, CD2 Black Caucus Rep
Spencer Danner, NDP Vice Chair
Pastor Janet Banks, NDP 2nd Vice Chair/CD1 Black Caucus Rep
Charlene Ligon, DNC Committeewoman
Kimara Snipes, NDP Black Caucus Education Chair
Dr. Cornelius Williams, NDP Black Caucus Communications Chair