Nevada Office of Attorney General

04/20/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2021 17:38

Attorney General Ford Releases Statement Regarding Derek Chauvin Trial

Carson City, NV- Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding the Derek Chauvin trial. Derek Chauvin is a former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer accused of murdering George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Chauvin's murder trial began on March 29, 2021. Today, a jury delivered a verdict of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

'Today, a jury held George Floyd's murderer accountable,' said AG Ford. 'Mr. Floyd's life mattered, just as every innocent life taken at the hands law enforcement does. Let this trial serve as evidence that we will no longer tolerate the heinous killings of African-Americans and minorities at the hand of rogue police officers.'

'I would like to thank my colleague in Minnesota, Attorney General Keith Ellison and his team for prosecuting this case with professionalism and integrity to hold Mr. Floyd's murderer accountable.'

'Many Nevadans have asked me how I felt about this trial, and to be frank, it was too painful for me to watch. I did not want to relive the trauma - trauma that is, unfortunately, a common re-occurrence for me and so many others. As an African-American, I don't take the mistreatment of members of my community or any minority community lightly. As Nevada's top law enforcement officer, my duty will always lie on the side of accountability and justice. Today, we saw specific accountability. But the fight for perpetual justice continues.'

'Historically, the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color has been strained, to say the least, and I have always said that law enforcement must make proactive efforts to augment, restore, and create trust,' AG Ford continued. 'After Mr. Floyd's death, I made every effort to reach out to Nevadans by hosting a series of town halls - the Justice & Injustice Forum - with law enforcement officials, community leaders, legislators, and others to develop tangible ways to improve relations between law enforcement and the communities we serve, particularly communities of color. The conversations were uncomfortable, but entirely necessary. And some of the solutions arising out the forum are now being implemented or legislated, including two bills my Office sponsored that are pending in the Nevada Legislature right now.'

'My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Mr. Floyd's family. And I reiterate my commitment to all Nevadans to continue an open and honest conversation with you. I will always work to seek justice on your behalf.'

To view AG Ford's recorded statement, click here.

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