"We cannot let them die with him. We have to keep hearing them," Biden said. "We must not turn away. We cannot turn away."
"This can be a moment of significant change," the president said.
Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis.
In a statement released Tuesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, called for reform.
"Today, the verdict of justice was served to the family of George Floyd and it echoed across our country. It is a beginning to an effort so long overdue that police killing must be addressed. We feel relieved but we must reform by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Our Pledge of Allegiance states 'liberty and justice for all' and now the moment has arrived to make these words a reality in America."
State Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, thanked the jury in a series of tweets, quoting prosecutor Steve Schleicher's closing argument: "This wasn't policing, this was murder."
"Today's verdict is our start toward achieving true social justice," Becker wrote.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Floyd would be alive were it not for his appearance.
"The hard truth is that, if George Floyd looked like me, he'd still be alive today," Newsom said.
Newsom added that the conviction won't bring Floyd back to life or undo the harm to his family.
"But today's verdict provides some accountability as we work to root out the racial injustice that haunts our society," Newsom said. "We must continue the work of fighting systemic racism and excessive use of force."
San Francisco Mayor London Breed said, like Newsom, that the verdict won't bring Floyd back.
But she said, "What this verdict does reflect is that the tide is turning in this country, although still too slowly, toward accountability and justice."
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond called the verdict "an important and long-overdue step for accountability, yet tremendous work remains if we want to truly eliminate the systemic racism that persists in all of our institutions — including public education — and which has denied students and communities justice for generations."
He added, "It is also important to remember that despite today's verdict, our students, educators, and families have experienced extraordinary trauma as they've struggled to make sense of this tragedy, the trial, and everything that transpired in between. I encourage all of our schools in the coming days to create space for open, honest dialogue for students and adults to process their emotions and use their voices to create lasting change."
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