House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday praised the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and issued a bizarre emotional appeal to George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life for the pursuit of justice in policing.
George Floyd, a black man, died after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest. A medical report later found that Floyd had traces of methamphetamine in his system and that he had ingested fentanyl prior to the interaction with police.
Chauvin, 45, was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
On Tuesday, Pelosi looked to the skies and thanked Floyd after the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin from a jury.
“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said Tuesday outside the Capitol where she was joined by the Congressional Black Caucus. According to Fox News reports.
“For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that? To call out to your mom, ‘I can’t breathe,'” she continued. “But because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world, who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.”
Pelosi also thanked Jesus and God in the speech while noting that the Floyd family were faithful believers.
“His name synonymous with justice, and dignity, and grace, and prayerfulness,” Pelosi said of Floyd, “and prayerfulness.”
Pelosi received criticism from both the right and the left over the odd comments.
Chauvin awaits sentencing from Judge Peter A. Cahill, and could face up to 40 years, 25 years, and 10 years in prison for the various charges. The defense team is expected to appeal the guilty verdict on the basis that the jury was influenced by comments from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and others.
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