Episcopal Bishop Rob Wright - Statement on Verdict of Police Officer in George Floyd Case

April 20, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, D.D., Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta issued the following statement on the conviction of a Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd.
This evening we have learned that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of every charge in the death of George Floyd.

If this is a victory, it is a victory for the role of law in affirming human dignity. If it is a victory, it is a victory for the countless law enforcement officers who embrace accountability and who practice appropriate use of force as they protect and serve without prejudice.

Still, justice requires more than sending one man to prison. Justice requires us to acknowledge and change the fact that Black, Brown, and poor Americans are often treated differently than other Americans, particularly in encounters with law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

So, today’s verdict does not signal the end of our work for equity and justice but rather confirms that to fight for equity and justice is the right fight to be in.
The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, D.D.
The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta