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April 20, 2021

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: Reaction to the Chauvin trial verdict

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2021 – The American Bar Association respects the decision of the Minneapolis jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin while emphasizing that a single verdict is neither an indictment of all law enforcement nor a solution to the systemic inequities in our justice system.

Our society relies on the rule of law and the principle that laws must be applied and enforced fairly and without bias. A verdict may bring some justice, but it does not return George Floyd to his family. While we have made great progress, the nation still must address the injustices, violence and racism that exist in our legal system that disproportionately and negatively affect people of color.

The ABA also believes that reforms are necessary to restore public trust in our system and ensure all people feel they are being treated fairly and with respect. The ABA will continue to stand for the rule of law and the principles of equality as we expand our efforts to build a more perfect justice system.

Click here for President Refo's video statement.

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