On May 25, 2020, the world watched in sadness, anger, and disbelief at the heinous murder of George Floyd at the knee of Derek Chauvin. As family, friends, and loved ones grieved, his death sparked a global movement as millions of people spoke out against systemic racism and leading the call for social justice.
Today, a jury of George Floyd’s peers, following weeks of viewing disturbing video footage, listening to witness and expert testimony presented by both the defense and prosecutors, took less than 24 hours to find Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd.
While no verdict can bring George Floyd back or heal our nation, this verdict is a necessary step on the road to progress, addressing racial inequity and racial bias in our criminal justice system.
We respect and support our men and women in uniform who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us every day. However, we cannot support those who operate in bias and without regard to human dignity.
George Floyd was laid to rest in Fort Bend County, the most diverse county in America. In our efforts to make our community the shining example of inclusion and belonging, let us continue to work together against discrimination or bias of any form.