CIA Director William Burns lauded the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd last month as “one step forward” in “addressing the broader trauma of racism and persistent inequity in our nation” in a memo to agency staff, The Federalist reported Monday.
Burns, a career diplomat who served in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations, also pledged to prioritize “accountability” and “progress on diversity, equity and inclusion.”
The agency did not immediately return a request by the Post to confirm the memo’s existence or comment on the appropriateness of the CIA director discussing domestic criminal trials.
Chauvin was convicted April 20 of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of Floyd, who died on May 25 of last year.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds while attempting to subdue and arrest him.
CIA Director William Burns said the conviction was “one step forward” in “addressing