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Elected officials in Massachusetts are reacting to the news that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.The explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the United States.The jury deliberated about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.“Eleven months ago, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin subdued and handcuffed George Floyd, and then knelt on his neck for over 8 horrific minutes,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Since then, many states and municipalities, horrified by the viral video of George Floyd’s death, have enacted significant law enforcement reforms – including here in Massachusetts. But for many, the most important unanswered question since that awful night has been much more personal: Where is the justice for George Floyd – and for that matter, Officer Chauvin?“Nothing can reverse the pain, suffering and agony of George Floyd’s family and friends, but this decision does make clear that Officer Chauvin was not above the law. He was given a fair trial, found guilty, and he will pay a price for his actions.”But as the countless, tragic events that took place at the hands of law enforcement before and after George Floyd’s death make clear, there is much to do to correct, reform and reimagine the way law enforcement officers are trained, and how they and their departments are held accountable for their actions. Massachusetts enacted one of the most comprehensive police training, transparency and accountability laws in the country at the end of last year. We owe it to all those whose lives have been lost to do all we can to successfully implement that law, and sustain its aspirations far into the future.””George Floyd should still be alive – and we must keep fighting to dismantle systemic racism and fundamentally transform our justice system,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts.”George Floyd’s life mattered,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, the junior senator from Massachusetts. “Today’s verdict delivers accountability, but it does not bring him back. Our country must atone for the shameful, racist policies that have denied and stripped Black Americans of their rights for generations.”George Floyd deserved to live his life fully. His children deserved to have him grow old with them. His community deserved to have him continue his life of service and mentorship.”We must do more to hold law enforcement accountable. Abolish qualified immunity. Demilitarize the police. Ban facial recognition surveillance. And so much more. Today is only one step in the long march to true justice for Black and Brown Americans.””Black men, I love you, and you deserve to grow old,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, of the 7th congressional district of Massachusetts and the first Black woman elected to Congress from the Bay State.”Our quest for justice isn’t over. We don’t just want guilty verdicts. We want young girls like Gianna Floyd to have their fathers. Black lives matter,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, of the 5th congressional district of Massachusetts.”The officer who murdered George Floyd was held accountable. But accountability won’t bring back Mr. Floyd or return him home to his precious family,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, of the 2nd congressional district of Massachusetts. “Our fight for justice demands systematic and fundamental change—on behalf of Mr. Floyd and countless others lost to police violence.””As a former DA who worked with victims of violent crime for decades, I realize that this verdict won’t bring ‘closure’ to George Floyd’s family. I do trust however that it will bring a sense of ‘justice’ to his family and to all of us who value our basic civil rights and rule of law,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, of the 9th congressional district of Massachusetts.”True justice would look like George Floyd still here with us today, but this verdict is proof that police officers are not above the law, and that Black lives matter,” U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, of the 6th congressional district of Massachusetts, tweeted along with a longer statement.”Today’s verdict means that the officer who killed George Floyd will face justice for his horrific actions, but it doesn’t return George to his family. In his name — in his children’s names — we must continue pushing for a system that finally recognizes that Black lives matter,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, of the 3rd congressional district of Massachusetts.”This verdict is the starting point for progress. We need the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — a necessary step for transparency and accountability in our criminal justice system,” U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss, of the 4th congressional district of Massachusetts, tweeted along with a statement from former President Barack Obama.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Elected officials in Massachusetts are reacting to the news that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

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The explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the United States.

The jury deliberated about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.

“Eleven months ago, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin subdued and handcuffed George Floyd, and then knelt on his neck for over 8 horrific minutes,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Since then, many states and municipalities, horrified by the viral video of George Floyd’s death, have enacted significant law enforcement reforms – including here in Massachusetts. But for many, the most important unanswered question since that awful night has been much more personal: Where is the justice for George Floyd – and for that matter, Officer Chauvin?

“Nothing can reverse the pain, suffering and agony of George Floyd’s family and friends, but this decision does make clear that Officer Chauvin was not above the law. He was given a fair trial, found guilty, and he will pay a price for his actions.

“But as the countless, tragic events that took place at the hands of law enforcement before and after George Floyd’s death make clear, there is much to do to correct, reform and reimagine the way law enforcement officers are trained, and how they and their departments are held accountable for their actions. Massachusetts enacted one of the most comprehensive police training, transparency and accountability laws in the country at the end of last year. We owe it to all those whose lives have been lost to do all we can to successfully implement that law, and sustain its aspirations far into the future.”

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a press conference on Jan. 7, 2021

Joshua Qualls/Governor’s Press Office

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

“George Floyd should still be alive – and we must keep fighting to dismantle systemic racism and fundamentally transform our justice system,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts.

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“George Floyd’s life mattered,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, the junior senator from Massachusetts. “Today’s verdict delivers accountability, but it does not bring him back. Our country must atone for the shameful, racist policies that have denied and stripped Black Americans of their rights for generations.

“George Floyd deserved to live his life fully. His children deserved to have him grow old with them. His community deserved to have him continue his life of service and mentorship.

“We must do more to hold law enforcement accountable. Abolish qualified immunity. Demilitarize the police. Ban facial recognition surveillance. And so much more. Today is only one step in the long march to true justice for Black and Brown Americans.”

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“Black men, I love you, and you deserve to grow old,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, of the 7th congressional district of Massachusetts and the first Black woman elected to Congress from the Bay State.

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“Our quest for justice isn’t over. We don’t just want guilty verdicts. We want young girls like Gianna Floyd to have their fathers. Black lives matter,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, of the 5th congressional district of Massachusetts.

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“The officer who murdered George Floyd was held accountable. But accountability won’t bring back Mr. Floyd or return him home to his precious family,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, of the 2nd congressional district of Massachusetts. “Our fight for justice demands systematic and fundamental change—on behalf of Mr. Floyd and countless others lost to police violence.”

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“As a former DA who worked with victims of violent crime for decades, I realize that this verdict won’t bring ‘closure’ to George Floyd’s family. I do trust however that it will bring a sense of ‘justice’ to his family and to all of us who value our basic civil rights and rule of law,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, of the 9th congressional district of Massachusetts.

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“True justice would look like George Floyd still here with us today, but this verdict is proof that police officers are not above the law, and that Black lives matter,” U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, of the 6th congressional district of Massachusetts, tweeted along with a longer statement.

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“Today’s verdict means that the officer who killed George Floyd will face justice for his horrific actions, but it doesn’t return George to his family. In his name — in his children’s names — we must continue pushing for a system that finally recognizes that Black lives matter,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, of the 3rd congressional district of Massachusetts.

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“This verdict is the starting point for progress. We need the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — a necessary step for transparency and accountability in our criminal justice system,” U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss, of the 4th congressional district of Massachusetts, tweeted along with a statement from former President Barack Obama.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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