MTA President Merrie Najimy and Vice President Max Page released the following statement regarding the conviction of Derek Chauvin:
A measure of justice prevailed today in the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. The Massachusetts Teachers Association is hopeful that this verdict sends a strong message about holding law enforcement officials and others in power accountable for their actions.
For too long, our criminal justice system has upheld the systemic racism built into the way that policing occurs in Black and brown communities. And there is still much to be outraged about. A simple step forward should not feel so momentous. But Chauvin’s conviction is an important step toward the day when people of color are no longer brutalized with impunity on our streets.
Every person deserves respect and dignity. We fight for this principle in our schools and colleges. We fight for it in our communities. Today’s decision inspires us to fight all that much harder.