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Did Nancy Pelosi Thank George Floyd for 'Sacrificing' His Life?

The remarks in question followed the reading of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Published Apr 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 20: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks out of the U.S. Capitol to join members of the Congressional Black Caucus for a news conference following the verdict in the Derick Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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U.S. Houser Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice."

On April 20, 2021, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at a news conference following the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of George Floyd. In the course of her comments, Pelosi reportedly said something that caught the ear of social media users: "Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice."

This was a genuine quote. It's true that Pelosi said "Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice." 

Video was subsequently shared to social media that confirmed the remarks were real.

Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom. How heartbreaking was that? Call out for your mom, "I can't breathe."

But because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.

According to The Associated Press, Chauvin, who is 45, may spend the rest of his life behind bars:

Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence, and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.


The verdict set off jubilation around the city. People instantly flooded the surrounding streets downtown, running through traffic with banners. Cars blared their horns. Floyd family members who had gathered at a Minneapolis conference room could be heard cheering and even laughing.

The jury of six white people and six Black or multiracial people came back with its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days. Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

In sum, it was true that Pelosi said: "Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice."

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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