House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday praised the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and offered thanks to George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life for the pursuit of justice in policing. 

“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said Tuesday outside the Capitol where she was joined by the Congressional Black Caucus.

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“Because of you and because of millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice. And now we have to make sure justice prevails in the sentencing.”

Chauvin, 45, was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled for eight weeks from now.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pelosi said she spoke to Floyd’s family earlier Tuesday before Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges in the murder of Floyd last May in Minneapolis.  

The California Democrat praised the model Floyd’s family set for appealing for justice in the “most dignified way.”

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She said Floyd’s name is “synonymous with justice and dignity and grace and prayerfulness.”

Pelosi said the guilty verdict is a “step in the right direction for justice done” but she and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus said the work is “not over.”

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They stressed the importance of passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act into law.  The legislation, which awaits Senate action, would overhaul standards for police tactics and conduct at the federal level.

Prominent measures include a federal ban on no-knock warrants and chokeholds, limits on qualified immunity shielding police from civil lawsuits, a framework to prevent racial profiling and the establishment of a national registry on allegations of police misconduct.

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