Guilty Verdict for Chauvin Shows We Can Do Better, We Must Do Better

Waterkeepers Chesapeake statement about the conviction of the police officer who murdered George Floyd:

Yesterday, those of us who recognize the scourge of racism that has plagued our nation since before its founding breathed a sigh of relief that a jury has finally found a police officer guilty for murdering an unarmed civilian of color. In this case, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts for the horrifying murder of George Floyd. While nothing can change the pain, suffering and loss of life, there is some solace in knowing that this violent act was deemed unacceptable. It is not justice, but it is accountability. True justice demands action.

As Waterkeepers, we hope this moment will be a guiding light for those of us who are protesting in support of the Movement for Black Lives, and working to create strong policies and procedures that hold law enforcement accountable. We stand with all who are committed to guaranteeing everyone has the full measure of justice that George Floyd and so many others have been denied.

Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are routinely, systematically, and disproportionately impacted every day by social, racial and environmental injustices. As Waterkeepers, we bear witness to and fight environmental racism in our own communities. Waterkeepers Chesapeake is committed to working on concrete reforms that not only address pollution, but address the ways in which pollution disproportionately impacts communities of color.

May the memory of George Floyd be a beacon. May we all continue the fight for racial justice in our work, in our communities, and in our hearts.


“…. until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.