AAMA Responds to Derek Chauvin Conviction in George Floyd Murder Trial
Published on April 20, 2021
(Washington, D.C.) — Today, former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted on all three charges -- including second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the George Floyd -- murder trial.
Mayor McKinley Price, DDS (Newport News, VA) -- president of the African American Mayors Association -- issued the following statement in response.
“We are relieved that our justice system has held the police officer who killed George Floyd accountable for his actions. All too often, police forces face no consequences for gross misconduct and violence towards Black Americans."
“While we are grateful for this decision, it is clear that the path ahead is full of hurdles. Police violence is still rampant, with communities of color bearing the brunt of this unacceptable truth. We need common-sense, comprehensive reforms that ensure police officers do their jobs to keep our communities safe. That’s why we created the PEACE PACT, which aims for community-centered policing, provides a framework for discussion generated by Black mayors, and highlights some of the best practices we are seeing in their communities."
“We look forward to partnering with police and policymakers to create a better future, in which each and every American is treated fairly under the law.”