At a press conference after the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told reporters that the verdict was only “accountability,” not “justice.”
“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,” Ellison said. “But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice… Now the cause of justice is in your hands. And when I say your hands, I mean, the people of the United States.”
Ellison thanked everyone who protested the death of George Floyd and those who testified against Chauvin in the case: “They stopped and they raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong,” he said.
“I urge everyone to honor the legacy of George Floyd by doing so calmly, legally, and peacefully,” he added.
Too late. Perhaps Ellison has forgotten the rioting, looting, and violence that raged across the country last year in the wake of Floyd’s death — a death caused by fentanyl overdose, not murder.