Statement on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case

Dear friends and colleagues, 
  
On April 20, 2021, the jury reached a guilty verdict, on all counts, in the Derek Chauvin case. Legal Aid of North Carolina supports this decision.
  
Regardless of your personal thoughts concerning this case and its outcome, it is undeniable that the death of George Floyd has been an extremely impactful event for our country. As we consider next steps as a nation, we encourage everyone to remember the humanity of those around you. Social justice, equity, and, most importantly, humanity must be at the core of everything that we do if we are ever to eradicate the systemic racism that still exists in our nation. 
  
While this verdict is a relief for many, this is not the end. There is still much work to be done as numerous Black and Brown victims of unjust police killings have not received justice. We view this verdict with hope, as a step in the right direction on the moral arc of the universe. We must continue to support one another and join together in peaceful solidarity as we progress towards true justice and equality for all people, not only on matters of police reform, but on matters of housing, education, employment, and the simple essentials necessary for meaningful participation in all that our nation has to offer. 
  
As we individually process this outcome, we encourage everyone to continue to take care of their mental health and remember that we are stronger together. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Legal Aid of North Carolina