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AOC, Other Far-Left Lawmakers On Chauvin Convicted On All Counts: ‘Not Justice,’ System ‘Not Working’
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Lawmakers reintroduced the Green New Deal and introduced the Civilian Climate Corps Act.
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Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and others claimed on Tuesday that a Minneapolis jury convicting former police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts in the murder trial of George Floyd did not constitute “justice.”

Chauvin was convicted on a manslaughter charge and two murder charges stemming 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.”

Other far-left members of Congress joined AOC in claiming that Chauvin’s conviction was not justice.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) said that the conviction was “accountability” but “it’s not yet justice.”

“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 the radical-wing of the Democrat Party is pushing for, saying that the conviction was “but a minuscule step on the path to justice.”

Omar listed the following items, which included calls to disband 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 called for abolishing policing and prisons just last week, said that the 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.”


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