On Tuesday, April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May. Floyd’s death was caught on film and sparked months of street protests against police violence.
Piedmont Police Chief Jeremy Bowers sent the following statement about the verdict to the Exedra on Tuesday night:
“The conclusion of one of the most consequential trials in our country’s recent history undoubtedly leaves us all with many emotions and an understanding that while one step towards justice has been made, much work remains. The Piedmont Police Department is committed to continuing in this work together, with our community, through openness, professionalism, dignity and respect.”
Earlier this week, Bowers had posted this message on social media:
“We know how difficult the trial in Minneapolis has been for our country and our community. As the trial moves toward a conclusion this week, we want to assure our community that the Piedmont Police Department is prepared for any circumstance or scenario that may unfold. We anticipate that people will express themselves in different ways as we navigate the emotions of the outcome. Our department is committed to protecting your constitutionally protected freedom of speech and assembly. As we have expressed last summer, we will not tolerate violence, or destruction of property. Our Department is committed to continuing to move forward together during these challenging times by maintaining a strong relationship with our community through a focus on trust, transparency, and approaching our differences with open and honest dialogue.”