Pelosi Statement on Charges Filed Against Ex-Officer in George Floyd Murder

May 29, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following the announcement that ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter in the recent murder of George Floyd:

“Our hearts ache for the family of George Floyd and the entire Minneapolis community.  On Monday, our nation witnessed a man being murdered on TV.  It is outrageous that it took a week and national outcry to finally begin the process of seeking justice for George Floyd.  We must remain vigilant and ensure a complete and credible investigation to guarantee that all those responsible are fully brought to justice. 

“At this moment of immense sadness across America, our communities are grieving for the staggering loss of life from the coronavirus, which we have never seen in our lifetime.  What we have seen over time is a pattern of police violence particularly against the African American community that is sadly not new to us.

“While we respect the difficult role of law enforcement to keep our communities safe, we also expect them to fulfill their duty with respect for the rights of all Americans.  We will not rest until justice has been done and will continue to insist on the truth that Black Lives Matter.

“At this challenging time, our nation needs real leadership.  Yet, instead of bringing our nation together, the President has presented a tone-deaf response that does not condemn racism and violence.

“May it be a comfort to the Floyd family that so many mourn their loss and pray for them during this sad time.”