Statement Regarding the Trial of Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin and the Murder of George Floyd

April 21, 2021—Although the jury has spoken and justice has been served for the family of George Floyd, the stain of the racial injustice at the center of this trial shall never be removed. The pain brought on by the loss of Mr. Floyd’s life will not go away with the verdict of one trial. Neither does policing’s responsibilities and obligations to learn from it and atone for it as a profession. We must own this, and work relentlessly and harder to ensure that the conditions and traditions that brought us here are rooted out. We must ensure that those conditions and traditions are replaced with values and practices that protect and serve humanity and fiercely defend the sanctity of every life. We must be accountable.

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