Local leaders react to Chauvin trial verdict

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 6:22 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Local leaders are reacting to the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin after he was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for killing Geroge Floyd.

Toledo Police Chief Geroge Kral said he is happy justice was served to Geroge Floyd and his loved ones in a statement released after the guilty verdict was announced. Kral said he stands with Floyd’s family, police officers, and the City of Toledo.

“I stand with my officers who continue to protect and serve the residents of Toledo each day,” Kral’s statement read. “I stand with Toledo because we know our work is not done and will continue to look forward to the continued discussions and actions to repair and improve police and community trust.”

Protests broke out in Toledo last summer following Floyd’s death that ended in violent clashes between police officers and protesters, with nearly two dozen arrests.

Toledo Police announced a renewed commitment to transparency measures after the protests and criticism of TPD’s use of force policies for using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters. In response, city leaders announced programs for citizens to watch police training and to move the TPD Internal Affairs Unit out of the TPD headquarters and into a neutral site. Since the efforts were announced, TPS also made the department manual available online and brought additional voices into the Public Police Review Board.

Local politicians are also weighing in. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D) said that while justice has been served, George Floyd should be alive today.

“Let us derive strength from his memory, and the memories of countless others, to carry on our fight for a reimagined system of justice that actually treats people with dignity, respect, and equality,” said Kaptur in a statement.

Senator Rob Portman (R), however, is holding off on calling the outcome justice until Chauvin is sentenced.

“George Floyd’s death was tragic and should never happen to anyone in America,” Portman’s statement read. “I am grateful today that justice appears to be served as we await sentencing.”

Ohio’s top Republican, Gov. Mike DeWine, said the convictions show our system of justice worked.

“The jury members listened to both sides, weighed the evidence, and came to this verdict,” said Gov. DeWine. “As we go forward as a nation, we must learn from the tragic death of George Floyd.”

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