04.20.21

Statement On The Verdict In The Trial Of Derek Chauvin

“Justice has been served.  As a former prosecutor I know well that officers of the law have the incredibly important and difficult job of keeping our communities safe, but in so doing they cannot be above the law.  Murder is murder, and the police badge must never serve as a shield against accountability for those who commit it.  Derek Chauvin received a fair trial and a jury of his peers has found him guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.  He will now face the consequences of committing this crime.

“George Floyd is yet another unarmed black man whose life was unjustifiably ended at the hands of police officers who have sworn an oath to protect and serve all members of the American public.  While nothing can bring Mr. Floyd back, I pray that this verdict gives his family, his loved ones, and all who are closely watching this case a sense that the American legal system can render real justice.  For George Floyd, I hope we all now can take the breath that was denied to him and recommit ourselves to addressing the racial injustices that have plagued our nation for far too long.”  

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