By Amaechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Joe Biden told the nation Tuesday that the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case sends the message that no one is ‘above the law’ – as he demanded new action to honor George Floyd after a killing he called a ‘stain on the nation’s soul.’
Biden spoke from the White House’s Cross Hall after a jury turned in Tuesday’s guilty verdict against Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer.
‘No one should be above the law. And today’s verdict sends that message. But it’s not enough. It can’t stop here,’ Biden said.
He said after the verdict it was time for the nation to ‘come together.’
And he used graphic language to describe Floyd’s killing during his arrest in May. He compared systemic racism he said permeates the nation to ‘the knee on the neck of justice for black Americans.’
Biden described the graphic murder of Floyd that was captured on video and watched by onlookers in horror, while seeking to steer the national attention toward reforms. Public officials had been bracing for potential protests in the event of a partial acquittal.
‘It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to,’ Biden said.