The jury in the Derek Chauvin murder case found the former Minneapolis policeman guilty on all counts – but as relieved as most of the nation was, it was not a moment of joy. 

“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said. “But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice, and now the cause of justice is in your hands.”

Chauvin would likely never have gone to trial without the video showing him callously asphyxiating George Floyd to death. And it remains dangerous to go about doing everyday things in this country if you are a Black American. As the jury announced their verdict, 16-year-old Ma’Kiyah Bryant was shot to death by a cop in Columbus, Ohio. And two days later, the funeral was held for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who lost his life after being pulled over for expired license tags —  just a few miles from the site where Floyd died. 

MOMocrats Karoli, Aliza Worthington, and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss the trial and its aftermath, as well as some reasons for optimism in the United States under President Joe Biden: continued success in fighting COVID-19, a renewed commitment to combating climate change, and a sunny economic forecast fueled by Biden’s people-first policies. 

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