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Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done'

Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done'
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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle took to social media to share their thoughts after a verdict was reached in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.

Many politicos expressed approval over the trial outcome, and noted its influence on helping to hold law enforcement accountable.

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Many acknowledged that despite a guilty verdict, the issues of the United States' "deeply broken" justice system still exist.

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Several senators and representatives called for the passage of the Justice In Policing Act, a sweeping police reform act passed by the House in March.

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Former President Obama weighed in with words of condolence to the Floyd family.

 

Some legislators simply issued statements of mourning or hope.

The conclusion of Chauvin's trial comes almost a year after Floyd died in Minneapolis last may. The other officers involved in the incident will be tried separately later this year.