MINNEAPOLIS — A verdict has been reached in the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murder in the death of George Floyd. View FOX 17's live web coverage:
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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement regarding the verdict:
"The death of George Floyd has rightfully been recognized as murder by the jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin," Nessel said. "It is now the obligation of elected officials, community leaders and the law enforcement community throughout this country to recognize the need for reforms to transition from policing by force to cooperative efforts to create safer communities."
You can read the full statement here.
Minneapolis reacts to guilty Derek Chauvin verdict announcement.
Justice for Black Lives march in Grand Rapids:
Justice for Black Lives demonstrates in downtown Grand Rapids after Derek Chauvin verdict announcement. Additionally Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist responded to the verdict.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist released the following statements regarding the verdict:
"For George Floyd and his family, justice. For the rest of us, a reminder to continue pushing for justice in every corner of our society," Gov. Whitmer said. "My heart is with George Floyd’s family, and I want them to know that millions of Michiganders, Minnesotans, and Americans mourn with them. No verdict can bring George back, but his legacy will live on. Last year, millions of people around the world spoke with a collective voice when we said Black Lives Matter. Together, we will continue tackling the deep-rooted, structural racism and inequity present in our institutions and faced by Black Americans every day. Our work is just getting started. I think George’s daughter Gianna Floyd said it best, 'Daddy changed the world.'”
Lt. Gov. Gilchrist also released a statement shortly after the verdict was read:
"Today, justice was served for George Floyd and his family," Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. "As a Black man in America, I have felt the sting of racism and injustice personally, and too many of our brothers and sisters know the visceral pain and exhaustion that communities of color face every day. That is why we must honor George Floyd’s legacy and the legacy of countless others as we advance justice and tackle inequities through our words and deeds. We have to address the pain that so many individuals are feeling with purpose as we work towards restoring the respect that all individuals of color deserve. When we do that, we can ensure that everyone makes it home to their loved ones at the end of the day. This verdict is a good outcome, and it was made possible by the community organizers, faith leaders, and law enforcement officers, who had to courage to make their voices heard, but the work is not done. We must continue to press for policies that protect and expand access to justice and opportunity."
Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.
Just spoke to a business owner on Monroe Center - No storefronts are boarded up.— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) April 20, 2021
He says GRPD reviewed their response plan with him this morning and he feels as if they’re much more prepared than back in May @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/YQKuYub38B
NEW: The Grand Rapids Police Department and sidewalks on Monroe Center are blocked off with concrete barriers and fencing ahead of the #DerekChauvinVerdict— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) April 20, 2021
A demonstration is scheduled for 5p at the other end of the street, near Rosa Parks Circle.
The jury has reached a verdict at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.