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APA Shares Statement on Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
Jennifer F. Kelly, president of the American Psychological Association (APA), released the following statement in the wake of Derek Chauvin’s trial, in which he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd:The American Psychological Association believes the jury reached the correct decision. It is right that Derek Chauvin is being held accountable, as should every person and system in the nation that supports or reinforces racism. Justice will never be achieved until we dismantle unjust systems. …
This case’s conclusion does not eliminate the deeply rooted inequities that exist in our country and the racism and unconscious bias that permeate our structures and systems.
Black people experience collective and vicarious trauma that escalates with every murder of an unarmed Black person at the hands of police. These unconscionable acts take away an important sense of safety and normalcy and have long-lasting effects on mental and physical health. Injustice affects everyone. That is why we need to address systemic and structural factors, such as policies in law enforcement and criminal justice.
For the rest of the statement, read the press release.
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