CNN commentator Van Jones spoke out after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the death of George Floyd on Tuesday to brag that both voting and protesting “worked” to bring about this outcome.
“This was not the system working. This was people making the system work. That’s the key,” Jones said on CNN. “Don’t forget — initially, the police report said, oh, it’s a medical incident, somebody died. What do we know? The initial charging document for the local prosecutor was a joke. Literally, a piece of tissue paper that somebody sneezed on. Nothing. People rose up and said we’re not going to let this go. The governor stepped in; gave the case to Keith Ellison, who is an African-American Muslim progressive guy that everybody rallied around before to get in office. Keith Ellison put so many resources on the table. You’ve never seen a prosecution like that of anybody.”
“And so what happened is the voting worked,” he added. “You can tell the young people now voting matters. The protesting worked. You can tell young people marching matters. And the truth. The fact that people got involved with their video cameras and captured it. Citizen engagement matters. So, there’s a formula now to show people we can make the system work for change. That’s what’s new.”
Jones also called on Congress to take action, saying that Chauvin’s conviction is only the “beginning.”
“This is the beginning of something. This is not the end of anything,” Jones said. “Those chokeholds are still legal according to the federal government. That needs to change. There’s no duty to intervene from the federal government. That needs to change. There’s no registry for cops like Chauvin. That needs to change.”
“I’ve seen so many kids who have done so much less than him walk out of courtrooms in handcuffs,” he added.
Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday on Tuesday on various charges related to Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, Minnesota.