McClellan Statement on Guilty Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial

McClellan:’Today’s Guilty Verdict is One Step in a Longer March Toward Justice Reform’

RICHMOND — Today, candidate for governor Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement on today’s guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“Watching George Floyd’s murder, I felt the same trauma my parents felt when they heard about Emmett Till,” McClellan said. “While today’s guilty verdict is one step in a longer march toward justice, George Floyd should be alive today. George Floyd’s murder must remain a clarion call for continuing police and justice reform. 

“The work toward true accountability is only beginning. In Virginia, we’ve been reminded all too recently of the inequity in our justice system. We have made progress in the past year to reform our police and justice system, including banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants, but when a Black Army lieutenant is met with pepper spray and a gun to his face simply because of a license plate, it’s clear that we have much more work to do to end the mistreatment, profiling, and violence against Black and Brown people across the Commonwealth.

“As governor, I will continue the work I’ve done in the legislature: to lead the charge on justice reform and police accountability from day one. I will continue to fight to end qualified immunity; repeal low-level offenses that criminalize poverty, mental illness and addiction; ensure fair trials do not depend on how much money you have to pay a lawyer; ensure real accountability to any law enforcement officers who break their oath; and focus our corrections system on rehabilitation and re-entry. It’s time to build a Commonwealth where justice for all is a reality.”