Carter Center Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

ATLANTA (April 20, 2021) —The Carter Center welcomes the just conviction of the police officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd. Our thoughts are with Floyd’s family members who have endured unimaginable pain as the trial exposed the horrific details of the killing of their loved one. 

In our work resolving conflicts and strengthening democracy around the world, The Carter Center has seen the critical importance of accountability and oversight for security forces. This verdict represents a first step toward accountability for the unjustified use of lethal violence against African Americans and people of color that our society has too long tolerated. Our hope is that the families of Rayshard Brooks, Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, and too many others to name will receive a measure of justice as well. 

We must work to create a world that surpasses this basic right of accountability. We must build a world in which justice is the norm—expected and granted to all. This will require that we face our history of systemic racism and then take the necessary steps to heal and repair. 


Contact: In Atlanta, Soyia Ellison,

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