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EXECUTIVE WARREN C. EVANS STATEMENT ON CONVICTION OF DEREK CHAUVIN FOR THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

"The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is, I hope, a turning point for our country and for policing in our country. As both a career law enforcement officer and a Black man, the video of the killing of George Floyd was difficult to watch. It was even more painful to witness people claim that what we all saw didn't really happen. The jury today made clear with this verdict that this was exactly what we knew it was.

"George Floyd was murdered. George Floyd did not deserve to die that day. George Floyd did not deserve to be treated with violence and disrespect by officers whose job it is to serve-not occupy-our communities.

"Too often and for too long, People of Color, especially Black men, have been expected to accept police violence as a part of life. This verdict makes clear that police violence is not acceptable. It makes clear that Black lives do matter. Let us build on this moment of justice delivered toward a fairer, more equitable society for all." -- Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans