BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– The world watched with bated breath as the verdict came into a Minnesota courtroom Tuesday that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the murder of George Floyd.
Nearly one thousand miles from Minneapolis, Western New Yorkers reacted to the decision. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he’s hopeful this outcome will lead to change in ending systemic racism across this country as well as locally.
“This is an important verdict, a critical verdict that hopefully provides some measure of comfort to the grieving family of George Floyd and so many others that were so deeply affected by this. This is a start, but there’s a lot more work to do.”
Attorney Barry Covert says the outcome of this trial will likely lead to more accountability within police departments across the country.
“This really shows a very large shift in what we can expect future juries can find in relation to cases where police officers clearly went beyond their training in how they handle their interactions with civilians.”
Below is a full statement from Mayor Brown as well as reaction from other New York leaders:
This historic verdict in the murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin will notMayor Byron Brown
bring George Floyd back, but for the Floyd family and for all Black lives, justice
has prevailed. The small group of people that rendered three guilty verdicts
today further demonstrates that Black Lives Matter. This murder has had a very
deep and personal impact on so many, and while there is still so much work to
be done and the need for much more change, this is a verdict for all of those who
have dedicated themselves to racial justice through peaceful protest
State Attorney General Letitia James says quote”While true justice will never be served as long as Black men and women are subjected to such inequality, today, we are one step closer to the fairer system we all deserve.”
Almost one year ago, the Floyd family and communities across this nation were torn apart by the murder of George Floyd.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 20, 2021
Today, there is finally accountability for this atrocious crime that stole the life of a father, brother, son, and friend.
Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula released this statement:
My 10 month old son is clapping 👏🏿 ✊🏿— April Baskin (@AprilBaskinld2) April 20, 2021
In our legal system, justice is considered “blind,” but it is not always served. Today, justice was served for George Floyd’s murder. Hopefully this verdict is the beginning of real change for our nation, but Mr. Floyd is still dead. May his family find solace in this verdict.— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) April 20, 2021
Today, we have justice for George Floyd. Thinking of his family today as they continue to grieve. Long overdue progress in the fight for equal justice under the law continues.— Brian Higgins (@RepBrianHiggins) April 20, 2021
Tonight, we’re finally seeing justice for George Floyd.— Senator Tim Kennedy (@SenKennedy) April 20, 2021
But we know our work is far from over. Tomorrow, we must continue to fight against the violence and injustices that people of color face every day. We must do better – together.
This verdict brings some small measure of justice to George Floyd’s family, but nothing can ease their pain or return him to them. We must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and fight to dismantle the systemic racism that led to the deaths of too many Black Americans.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 20, 2021
I’m thankful for George Floyd’s family that justice was served— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 20, 2021
America was forever changed by the video of Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd
However, a guilty verdict doesn’t mean the persistent problem of police misconduct is solved
We’ll keep working for meaningful change pic.twitter.com/2jV6xojgjp