Pittsburgh, PA − April 20, 2021 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa issued the following statement on the Chauvin verdict:

“Justice today for George Floyd is a relief to so many who had lost faith in our system. The video footage from Mr. Floyd’s death that so many of us saw was deeply traumatizing and this verdict can help us begin to heal those wounds. We continue to mourn the premature loss of Mr. Floyd and must stay committed to preventing the next tragedy. We have to work on anti-racism and on improving our criminal justice system in this country and in this state.

If the trial brought up triggering or unsettling feelings for you, you are not alone. Reach out for help. Pennsylvania has a 24/7 mental health support line: 1-855-284-2494″