Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was just one among many who claimed on Tuesday that a Minneapolis jury convicting former police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts in the murder trial of George Floyd is still not a demonstration of “justice.”
Chauvin was convicted on a manslaughter charge and two murder charges which stemmed from the death of George Floyd last May, and now faces up to 75 years in prison as he awaits sentencing.
“This verdict is not justice,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a Tuesday Instagram Live video. “Frankly, I don’t even think we call it full accountability because there are multiple officers that were there. It wasn’t just Derek Chauvin. And I also don’t want this moment to be framed as this system working because it’s not working, and that’s what creates a lot of complexity in this moment.”
A Twitter user responded to the video, tweeting: “AOC objects. She apparently would have preferred Chauvin was found innocent, as it be more useful to promote racism and vilify ‘the system.’ At least she admits in the end it is too complex for her to understand.”
Other far-left members of congress joined AOC in suggesting that Chauvin’s guilty verdict was not justice at all.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) stated that the conviction was “accountability” but “it’s not yet justice”—a line that appears to be gaining traction in far-left circles.
“We’ve known Chauvin was guilty since the second we saw him murder George Floyd on film — but we also know of the racism inherent in our carceral and policing systems,” Rep. Jamaal Brown (D-NY) said. “This verdict doesn’t change that racism, or the work ahead needed to transform those systems to serve us.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted out a list of far-left agenda items that her radical side of the Democrat Party is currently advocating for, claiming that the conviction was “but a minuscule step on the path to justice.”
Omar went on to list the following items—which includes the bright idea of disbanding “police departments”
- Independent agency to investigate police misuse of force
- Criminalize violence against protesters
- Demilitarize police departments
- Disband and deconstruct failed police departments
- End traffic stops for minor equipment violations
- Federal investigations into departments who utilize practices like arrest quotas
- End the school-to-prison pipeline
- Ban all racial profiling by federal, state, and local agencies
- Legalize recreational cannabis nationwide, expunge the records and seek amnesty for those incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses
- Restore felon voting rights
- Ensure that formerly incarcerated individuals are fully supported in their transition back to society
- End mandatory minimum sentencing laws for low-level offenses
- Invest in a public-health approach to the addiction crisis
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)—who was the one who called for the abolishment of the police and prisons just last week—stated that conviction was “accountability” but that the “fight for justice continues.”
“This verdict is relief & accountability for the murder of George Floyd,” she said. “But the fight for justice continues. Justice would be Gianna having her father today. Justice is investing in our communities, not police. Justice is no more Black lives lost to police violence.”
The term “justice” appears to be in the process of being redefined by the far-left, moving away from its traditional meaning. Full “justice,” according to the radicals, may never be found in the current criminal justice system where a complete dismantling and reconstruction is needed, as they see it.
Former President Barack Obama also chipped in, tweeting: “Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.”
Even more disturbing about the trial was that Judge Peter Cahill previously worked as a public defender, prosecutor, and top advisor to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) before taking the bench. Judge Cahill refused to sequester the jurors during the Chauvin trial—making it easy for the jurors to be persuaded one way or another by their peers in public.
It is possible that the jurors could have been intimidated by those who were threatening violence outside the courthouse, making the verdict a disingenuous one.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) effectively called for violence in Minnesota if Chauvin was not found guilty. This, undoubtedly, had the potential to deter the jurors from assessing the evidence in a fair manner if they were aware of her comments.
Rudy Giuliani chimed in on Twitter, drawing a distinction between former President Donald Trump and Waters: “Maxine Waters did exactly what Donald J. Trump did not do. But worse! It was a deliberate call for violence and a direct threat to the jury, if she and the mob do not approve the verdict. Any accountability for Democrats who pose a danger to America?”
Legal experts expect Chauvin will appeal the verdict. The sentencing is anticipated to take several weeks on its own, giving the defense some time to come up with an appeal strategy.