Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life for justice' in remarks after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of three counts of murder and manslaughter.
'Thank God the jury validated what we saw,' Pelosi said at a press conference on Capitol Hill, referring to the video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.
'Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice, for being there to call out to your mom,' she said.
'Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice,' she added.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life for justice' in remarks after Derek Chauvin was found guilty
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday afternoon after just 10 and a half hours of deliberation.
Pelosi said she spoke to the Floyd family Tuesday afternoon.
'Around three o'clock I spoke to the family, to say to them: thank you. God bless you for your grace and your dignity,' she said.
She and other black lawmakers called for police reform, including the passage of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
'This is the first step,' Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said of the verdict. 'Today we start to change the world.'
The legislation would prohibit choke holds and no-knock warrants at the federal level, limit them at the state and local level, and restrict the use of qualified immunity, a legal shield for police against civil suits.