Sacramento, CA – APAPA commends members of the jury for rendering a timely, unanimous, and just verdict on former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, for the second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd.
This verdict came almost a year after most Americans, and much of the world watched in horror and disbelief the video taken by Darnella Frazier, a teenaged passerby who recorded Chauvin pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. After the prosecution concluded its case, our entire nation waited anxiously for the verdict which came after a surprising short deliberation. Minneapolis and most major U.S. cities have been preparing for civil unrest and riots which often occur when verdicts, especially those involving racial and ethnic minorities, are considered to be unfair or too lenient on police using excessive force.
The verdict, in this case, is perceived to be just and amenable. Many civil rights and advocacy groups have issued immediate and favorable statements on the verdict. George Floyd should never have died and no citizens should be subject to excessive police enforcement practices. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz released a statement on Facebook
calling the verdict an “important step forward for justice in Minnesota.” However, he noted, the death of Daunte Wright on April 11 is a reminder that “our work has only begun.”
President Biden and Vice-President Harris have also made positive statements. Biden praised the verdict and called it “a giant step forward” while acknowledging that “basic accountability” for Black Americans killed by police is “too rare.” He called on the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, which Harris helped write last year and was passed by the House last month. This morning, the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, announced that the Justice Department has launched a federal civil probe to include a “comprehensive review” of the Minneapolis Police Department’s “policies, training, supervision, and use of force investigations.”
APAPA appreciates and supports all the actions above. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and will continue to promote social justice and work towards eliminating the disenfranchisement of minorities. We must live together as one people with dignity and respect for all. The present verdict represents a major step forward for the country that we all love.
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