After three weeks of testimony, it took 10 hours for a jury, the cornerstone of our justice system, to unanimously agree that former police officer Derek Chauvin was guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. While this guilty verdict is a step forward, the work toward justice does not end here.
We have to continue to speak up when we see injustice, to take part in difficult discussions, to listen when change is warranted, to be transparent in our processes, and to hold those accountable who violate their oath to protect and serve.
At the end of this year, New Jersey will be enacting its new Use of Force Policy, the first change to that policy in 20 years. We at the CCPO, along with our law enforcement partners from our 37 municipalities, remain committed to ensuring that every person is treated fairly, with dignity and respect, by law enforcement and under the laws of the State of NJ.
As part of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey, we worked together to include a statement that can be read below:
Statement on Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
Today, the jury delivered justice not only for the family and loved ones of George Floyd, but for the millions of Americans of color who for decades have experienced a different reality of uneven treatment by law enforcement. What we witnessed in Minneapolis last May was not policing, but was murder and an absolute abdication of the values of protecting and serving. With this verdict, our country can begin the long and complex process of healing, which we know will also involve continued dialogue between communities and law enforcement, as well as ongoing police reform, increased transparency, and accountability. We thank the Jury for their service.