Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin resulting from the murder of George Floyd will be a “defining moment” in the American police force.
“We still have a long way to go, but Mr. Floyd’s death will speed up this process of change and make it much broader, and you are already seeing him tonight on behalf of the President of the United States, the Vice-President,” said Bratton.
Just hours after Chauvin was convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris reached out to the nation and stepped up their support for police reform.
“Last summer, I introduced the George Floyd Justice and Police Act with Senator Cory Booker and Representative Karen Bass. The President and I will continue to urge the Senate to pass this bill,” Harris said.
Bratton told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that police reform would not result from defusing the police, but from effectively funding police departments to recruit and train the best and brightest officers.
“If there is a major shortage in the American police force today, it is training,” said Bratton. “There aren’t enough of them at the beginning of your career. There definitely won’t be enough of them as your career progresses.”
Trials of three of the other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, are due to begin in August.