Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertFox News dominates prime-time ratings during Afghanistan crisis Colbert confirms he was disinvited from Obama's 60th Colbert: Trump era 'almost like a spell was being cast' on the American people MORE addressed the recent verdict reached by a Minnesota jury finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all criminal counts in the murder of George Floyd during the opening remarks to his late-night show on Tuesday.
Colbert said it was “hard to celebrate” the verdict because Floyd “is still dead.” But he added that “there is a sense of relief that at least this one injustice was not compounded with indifference,” noting that the verdict “could easily have gone the other way” given the nation’s history with similar cases of police brutality.
“This nation does not have a great track record, but at least in this case, this man faces accountability,” Colbert said.
However, the host added that “justice is a far more difficult goal” before acknowledging that the country “still has a problem of over-policing and systemic racism.”
“But hopefully this is a step toward a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn't headline material, and to hope that accountability today is determined for tomorrow,” he said.
“Today is one stop on a journey that began last May and led to protests calling for that accountability in every town and every city in America, but this is just one stop,” he continued.
“There is more work to be done, that's work that all of us should be committed to because, as Ben Crump the Floyd family lawyer reminded us today, ‘Justice for Black America is justice for all America,’” he added.
Colbert is one of a growing number of celebrities, politicians and other prominent figures who have weighed in on the long-awaited verdict in the high-profile case on Tuesday.
The jury arrived at the verdict after less than a day of deliberations, which began on Monday following closing arguments presented by the prosecution and the defense.
The decision has been praised by civil rights advocates and others who say it is a sign of progress for race relations in the nation after the country saw months of protests against police brutality and racial inequality following Floyd's murder last year.