Sen. Kamala Harris, a former Democratic presidential contender and potential vice presidential pick, spoke out Monday about her efforts to pass a federal anti-lynching bill, which will now be included in a new package of policing reforms being proposed by Senate and House Democrats in the wake of the George Floyd killing.
She joined ABC’s “The View” as Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer charged with second-degree murder in the case makes a court appearance, and speaking as a former prosecutor, said “it will not be easy to get a conviction” because juries tend to believe police officers.
“It is still the case that jurors are inclined to to trust — because that’s part of the social contract — to trust police officers and that has been part of the difficulty that so many prosecutors have had when they brought these cases,” Harris told the program’s hosts. “But there’s no denying that this, this officer and those who were his accomplices should pay attention real consequence and accountability for what they‘ve done.”
“I don’t think there is any question that he did not die of natural causes,” Harris said. “He died while this police officer who had been invested with a badge and a gun by the people used the power he was given by the people to have his knee on a human being’s neck.”
Kamala Harris says “it will not be easy” to convict officers charged in George Floyd’s death. “It is still the case that jurors are inclined to trust…police officers, and that has been part of the difficulty that so many prosecutors have had when they’ve brought these cases.”