Biden's AG Merrick Garland holds back tears as he says 'racism is an American problem', we 'don't have equal justice' and calls for calm ahead of the Chauvin verdict

 Attorney General Merrick Garland said in an interview the nation does not yet have 'equal justice under law' – as he marked the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and spoke of persistent racism as the jury meets in the Derek Chauvin trial.

The nation's top law enforcement officer steered clear of pronouncements about the ongoing trial – even as President Joe Biden phoned George Floyd's brother Philonise.

He described racism as an ongoing problem throughout the country, when asked about racism on police forces.  

'Look, racism is an American problem,' he told ABC News

Attorney General Merrick Garland called racism 'an American problem' in an interview while the nation awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial

Attorney General Merrick Garland called racism 'an American problem' in an interview while the nation awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial

'It's plain to me that there has been and remains discrimination against African Americans and other communities of color, and other ethnic minorities. I think it's reflected in discrimination in housing and employment and the justice system. ... We do not yet have equal justice under law,' said Garland.

Garland described his initial reaction to videos of Floyd's arrest that set off nationwide protests.  


'I also saw the videos last summer, all through the summer,' he said. 

'And like many Americans, I was shocked. But many Black Americans were not shocked, because they have known of this kind of treatment before,' he continued.

'I felt that beginning last summer, at least, there was a chance to bring this to the fore of the national consciousness, to create a moment in which we could change. And part of the reason that I wanted to be attorney general was I wanted to help bring that change,' he said.

Local organizer Brandyn Tulloch speaks to the crowd during a demonstration on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The jury began deliberating today in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd while detaining him last May

Local organizer Brandyn Tulloch speaks to the crowd during a demonstration on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The jury began deliberating today in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd while detaining him last May

Demonstrators protest near the Hennepin County Courthouse on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Demonstrators protest near the Hennepin County Courthouse on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Demonstrators protest near the Hennepin County Courthouse on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Garland said the nation does not yet have 'equal justice under law'

Demonstrators protest near the Hennepin County Courthouse on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Garland said the nation does not yet have 'equal justice under law'

Garland showed emotion and appeared to hold back tears while describing how his grandparents fled antisemitism in Eastern Europe – an episode he also recounted when Biden nominated him and during his Senate confirmation hearings. 

'All of us in our family feel an obligation – public service – and try to protect other people the way the country protected us,' said Garland.

Biden's AG Merrick Garland holds back tears as he says 'racism is an American problem', we 'don't have equal justice' and calls for calm ahead of the Chauvin verdict Biden's AG Merrick Garland holds back tears as he says 'racism is an American problem', we 'don't have equal justice' and calls for calm ahead of the Chauvin verdict Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 09:22 Rating: 5

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