Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony ‘Hopeful’ Derek Chauvin Trial Will Bring ‘Positive Change, Social Justice’ – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of the murder and manslaughter in the deaths of George Floyd and Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. He welcomes the verdict.

“Today the jury confirmed that Derek Chauvin’s actions caused the death of George Perry Floyd Jr. This comes as no surprise to the majority of law enforcement officers in this country. Chauvin’s belief is a reminder to those wearing a badge that we are not above the laws we have sworn to protect, ”Sheriff Tony wrote in a statement released immediately after the verdict was read.

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“Chauvin’s lack of empathy and compassion and his brutality sparked a firestorm around the world, but moved America’s consciousness like never before. I am confident that Floyd’s death and trial will continue to bring about positive change, social justice, and just outcomes for all people. “

The jury of five men and several women deliberated for four hours on Monday and resumed deliberation on Tuesday morning, according to the court.

The 45-year-old chauvin was not guilty of accidental second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree murder.

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He was found guilty on all three counts.

Sheriff Tony said the Broward Sheriff’s Office will “remain a national leader in police reform” and is “committed to further strengthening relationships and building trust between law enforcement agencies and the many different communities we serve”.

Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez posted a statement on his Twitter account entitled, “The judicial system has spoken. As part of the healing process, we will continue to come together as a community. My priority as your director is to remain committed to our core values ​​of integrity, respect, service and fairness. “

Miami’s new police chief Art Acevedo also responded to the verdict on Twitter.

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“Tonight all Americans should collectively breathe a sigh of relief as #GeorgeFloyd’s death brought justice. Police officers across our nation saw in his death the same injustice that his family and the communities we serve saw. Let us go forward in peace and unity. Together we should work to improve policing, hold bad cops accountable, and just as importantly work on raising good cops. “

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