Biden, Harris Call On Congress To Pass Police Reform Following Chauvin Guilty Verdict


President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris urged Congress to pass a wide-ranging police reform bill Tuesday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for murdering George Floyd.

The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives on March 3, would end qualified immunity for police officers, as well as ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in federal drug cases.

In a speech at the White House following the verdict, Biden said “we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen again,” calling the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act “meaningful police reform” that “shouldn’t take a whole year” to pass.

The Senate has not yet voted on the measure, prompting criticism from activists that Congress is moving too slow after a summer of unrest in the aftermath of Floyd’s death.

In a call with Floyd’s family after the verdict, Biden said he was “relieved” Chauvin was found guilty and told them “we’re going to get a lot more done.”

Several Democratic Senators also called for passing the George Floyd Justice In Police Act, including Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Ny.)

“It was a murder in the full light of day,” Biden said of Floyd’s death, adding that “it ripped the blinders off” for the whole world to see “systemic racism.”

A jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty Tuesday of all three charges against him: second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder. Minnesota sentencing guidelines recommend a median sentence of 12 1/2 years for both murder counts, as well as four years for the manslaughter charge for those with no criminal history. Ultimately, though, it is unclear how long he will serve since prosecutors say they will ask for a higher sentence.

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