The Rev. Will Mebane, rector of Saint Barnabas Memorial Episcopal Church in Falmouth, said the conviction Tuesday of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd was no cause for celebration.
“I don’t feel like celebrating," he said. "I don’t feel like cheering. I’m very sad. I, of course, continue to be sad not only for the lynching of George Floyd, but of Daunte Wright, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and the whole list of others who were killed and justice was not served.”
Black and Brown men and women are just as much at risk after the verdict as they were before, Mebane said. The verdict does not end the systemic racism that permeates through the country’s law enforcement agencies, he said.
“There is much, much work to be done,” Mebane said.