On a Twitter video Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her sentiments after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd.
A 16-minute video from outside the U.S. Capitol was posted by Ocasio-Cortez to her social media account.
“I want to just let you all know and create the affirmation that this isn’t justice, it’s not justice!” she declared.
“It’s not justice, and I’ll explain to you why it’s not justice. It’s not justice because justice is George Floyd going home tonight to be with his family,” she added.
“Justice is Adam Toledo getting tucked in by his mom tonight,” she continued, referring to a 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Chicago after the teen threw a gun to the ground.
“Justice is when you’re pulled over, there not being a gun that’s part of that interaction, because you have a headlight out,” she added.
“Justice is your school system not having or being a part of the school to prison pipeline. Justice is a municipality and a government that does not, because it trickles down, right, that does not value military and armaments more than it values health care, education, and housing,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
“So no, this verdict is not justice,” she said.
She also went on to assail the leadership in her own party for funding the military instead of using that money for more social programs, and angrily denounced Democrat-controlled local governments that overfunded their police departments.
“This verdict is not a substitute for policy change,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote shortly after Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
“That a family had to lose a son, brother and father; that a teenage girl had to film and post a murder, that millions across the country had to organize and march just for George Floyd to be seen and valued is not justice,” she wrote.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 20, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez is only one of the lawmakers that went on their social media accounts to to call for policy change after the verdict was announced, notably increased law enforcement accountability and reform of the justice system. Many others pushed for the Senate passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which the House gave the green light in March after a 220-212 vote.
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