Derek Chauvin Guilty in George Floyd’s Death—AFSA Reacts

The death of George Floyd is a tragedy and never should have happened at the hands of law enforcement. 

Accountability is on display today as jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial have entered guilty verdicts on all the charges.

This atrocity that happened on the street of Minneapolis should become a national learning moment. As educators, we need to find ways to promote equality and understanding for our children.

There is an important role for law enforcement in our communities, but it is important for those empowered to police our communities to understand they are not above the law. Law enforcement must work to rebuild trust and relationships within the communities they are charged with serving.

Moving forward, we will work with the AFL-CIO and public safety unions to design a real blueprint for change. We also will be advocating in the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.