Statement from the AHA on the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial

Statement from the AHA on the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial April 21, 2021

So, the verdict was “guilty on all counts”, which means that about half the country will be satisfied with the result, and half of the country are still wishing they were in 1950s Mississippi.

This is from the AHA:

The American Humanist Association is satisfied by the verdict found in the Derek Chauvin trial by the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, MN. Chauvin’s actions were egregious, and we support the court’s decision to convict Chauvin on all three charges in the death of George Floyd.

The AHA condemns the violent, racist acts of police brutality that continue to permeate our society. The tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis was a case of misuse of power by law enforcement. Our hearts are with the family and friends of Floyd, who had to go through this grueling process while still grieving their father, brother, and friend, and with the countless families that continue to be impacted by police brutality. They deserve justice, and we call for a renewed effort toward police reform.

Although satisfactory, the outcome of this trial is not a solution to the systemic issues that plague this country. Since testimony began in Chauvin’s trial, more than three people a day have died at the hands of law enforcement. There is still so much work we need to do to keep law enforcement accountable and to ensure a safer future for all. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and everyone affected by recent police brutality incidents.

As humanists, and Americans, we need to stand against racism and in solidarity with communities of color. We must honor our humanistic values of empathy and ethics by working together to help reform systems that have historically caused harm to marginalized populations.

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The American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming worldview of humanism, which—without beliefs in gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

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