Rep. Frederica Wilson Among South Florida Leaders Who Believe Justice Was Served In Derek Chauvin Trial – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tuesday’s ruling was the culmination of a case that has been in the works for a year. There was a lot of anticipation for the jury’s final decision. CBS4 spoke to South Florida officials and law enforcement officials who said they believe justice has been served.
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges against him.
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“He has been convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter,” said Justice Donald Graham of the southern Florida district.
He spoke about a ZOOM call to members of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence project. The organization connects young men of color with mentors.
“I’m speechless,” says 5000 Role Models founder, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. “I just don’t want this to be the blanket for these police shootings. This is really the bottom. “
During the call, members observed parts of the final argument and were able to ask their questions to local lawyers, a judge and law enforcement agencies.
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“Law enforcement saw, by and large, what the jury saw, the same thing the Floyd family saw – and that was a murder,” said Art Acevedo, Miami police chief, “speaking to CBS4.” The death of George Floyd It was unjustified. It was illegal. We are relieved that the Floyd family will get justice in less than a year, unlike other criminal cases in this country that have taken years to resolve. “
South Florida State Senator Shevrin Jones said while it was a significant day, he criticized Governor Ron DeSantis’ lack of recognition for signing HB 1, the so-called “Anti-Riot Bill” on Monday.
“Not once did he talk about police violence against black men,” said Sen. Jones. “Not once has he spoken about gun violence in black communities. Not once did he speak of the laws in the books that are imprisoning black men at an alarming rate. The state of Florida cannot hide behind bills and laws what is really happening. “
Jones says there have been numerous other police reform bill proposals, but by the time the legislature draws to a close, most have not even been discussed.
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Many consider Tuesday at least a step toward change, with a belief in the case and justice for Floyd’s loved ones.