George Floyd’s Death Was A ‘Real Wake Up Call’ About Systemic Racism Says Trudeau

"Make no mistake, systemic racism and anti-Black racism still exist."
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George Floyd’s Death Was A ‘Real Wake Up Call’ About Systemic Racism Says Trudeau

Justin Trudeau has responded to the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd in May 2020.

On April 20, 2021, a jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges against him, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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In an interview shortly after the verdict was announced, Trudeau described George Floyd’s death last year as “a real wake-up call for a lot of people.”

Sharing similar sentiments in a tweet later on, the Canadian PM acknowledged that the U.S. had seen “accountability,” but said “make no mistake, systemic racism and anti-Black racism still exist.” 

Trudeau added that these issues exist in Canada, before concluding, “Our work must and will continue.”

Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee against his neck for longer than nine minutes. His death sparked protests against anti-Black racism around the world, including in Canada.

*This article's cover photo is for illustrative purposes only. 

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