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.
Mr. Floyd’s legacy will live on. I am committed to the continued work in LA, along with with movements all over this nation to collectively reimagine policing and reckon with systemic racism #GeorgeFloyd [2/2] See full statement here👇🏾: pic.twitter.com/JCbA14oo0t
— Mark Ridley-Thomas (@mridleythomas) April 20, 2021
Thank God…guilty! Justice has been served!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 20, 2021
George Floyd would still be alive if he looked like me. That must change.
No conviction can repair the harm done to the Floyd family, but today’s verdict provides accountability.
Now, we must continue our work to root out the racial injustice that haunts our society.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 20, 2021
As we have all seen with the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, we must have faith in the judicial process. The law will take its course, and justice will prevail. If a crime is committed, regardless of who the perpetrator is, they will be brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/TEgrP4CbeP
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) April 20, 2021
I'm grateful that justice, in this case, has been served as the jury appropriately returned a guilty verdict.
Nothing will bring back George Floyd, or so many others tragically taken too soon. But, healing and true justice feel, hopefully, a bit more possible. pic.twitter.com/Jdu36sqi1H
— Sheila Kuehl (@SheilaKuehl) April 20, 2021
Today, the courts delivered accountability in the case of George Floyd. Tomorrow and every day, our Congress must deliver policies that create a fair justice system that respects every individual and keeps them safe from police violence.
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) April 20, 2021
Not in the entire history of Black people in America has a white police officer been convicted of the murder of a Black person. Not in 400 years!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 20, 2021
We are once again reminded of people like Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Walter Scott in South Carolina, Stephon Clark in California, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and too many others who lost their lives to police brutality.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) April 20, 2021
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