Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors shared a video on her instagram account Thursday saying people must “fight” for an “abolished” criminal justice system after the murder of George Floyd and police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant.
The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd was a “victory in accountability” says Cullors, but it’s not a victory in changing the criminal justice system.
“While we watched Derek Chauvin be convicted for murder, a black child named Ma’Khia Bryant was murdered by police, proving there is no justice. We must fight for abolition because in an abolitionist world, we would still have George Floyd and Ma’Khia Bryant,” Cullors wrote in her Instagram post.
In the video, she said activists must “fight for more” and “get us closer to a place where there are no jails or prisons or surveillance” in the U.S.
On Tuesday, the jury found Chauvin guilty of all charges for murdering Floyd after he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis in May 2020.
Bryant was fatally shot by a police officer after wielding a knife and trying to attack another woman in Columbus, Ohio.
Cullors has recently come under scrutiny and criticism for buying four homes worth around $3 million while she was promoting her activism.
Cullors pushed back against the criticism in an April 16 interview, saying that there is no conflict of interest with her left-wing activism and ownership of four homes because she was providing for her extended family.