L.A. Leaders Respond to the Chauvin Verdict

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd

On Tuesday afternoon, all eyes were on Minneapolis as the country tensely awaited the Derek Chauvin verdict. At 2 p.m. Pacific time, Judge Peter A. Cahill read out what millions were waiting to hear. The jury had found Chauvin guilty on all three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Cities across the country, including Los Angeles, had made plans to bring out significant police resources in anticipation of protests in the streets if Chauvin were acquitted. Beverly Hills authorities reportedly placed barricades around statues and LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that “our entire department is in uniform.” Some local COVID-19 vaccination sites were even abruptly shut down out of concern over possible unrest.

But, with a guilty verdict for Chauvin announced, the worried tone shifted for many to one of measured relief. Many local leaders, even perhaps unlikely ones, quickly issued statements commending the outcome.


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