Press release

United States: Conviction of Officer in George Floyd Murder Case Should Be Used as a Chance for Change

Leaders should seize the opportunity to address racism and discrimination more comprehensively.

In response to a jury’s conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 murder of George Floyd, a Black man, in the US state of Minnesota, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“This is an important decision for George Floyd’s family and loved ones, and for this country,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “The justice system worked in this case. The scourge of racism in this country remains, however. We urge US leaders to take this moment to commit to confronting our history of racial discrimination and protecting the rights of all Americans from its persistent harms. In addition to addressing racialized violence in the criminal justice system, we must strengthen voting rights and improve ballot access for all citizens, among other needed changes. The success of our democracy depends on the constant pursuit of equality, inclusion, and justice for all."