May 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Michelle Obama on Chauvin verdict: "Many of us still live in fear"

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Former first lady Michelle Obama told "CBS This Morning" that while "we're all breathing a sigh of relief" after the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, "there's still work to be done."

What she's saying: "And so we, we can't sort of say, 'Great. That happened. Let's move on,'" she told "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King in an interview set to air Monday. "I know that people in the Black community don't feel that way because many of us still live in fear."

  • The former first lady also said she worries about her own daughters: "Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn't know everything about them. The fact that they are good students and polite girls."
    • "But maybe they're playin' their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption. The innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts." 
  • "I think we have to talk about it more. And we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more, and to believe us, and to know we don't wanna be out there marchin'," she said.

Flashback: After a jury convicted the former Minneapolis police officer, the Obamas released a statement saying the jury "did the right thing" but that "true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial."

Worth noting: A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on Friday for civil rights violations related to Floyd's death.

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