Ohio lawmakers, leaders react to guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin trial


(WDTN) — Lawmakers and public leaders across Ohio are reacting to Derek Chauvin being found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd.

After nearly 10 hours of deliberation a Hennepin County jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The second-degree murder count, the most serious charge, carries up to 40 years in prison.

A jury in Minneapolis has spoken by convicting Derek Chauvin of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Our system of justice worked.  The jury members listened to both sides, weighed the evidence, and came to this verdict. As we go forward as a nation, we must learn from the tragic death of George Floyd.  

Governor Mike DeWine

Attorney General Dave Yost issued a statement following the former Minneapolis police officers conviction. In it, Yost said that what Derek Chauvin did to George Floyd was murdered and that “he nearly killed the hope of justice.” The juries verdict, according to Yost, restored that hope. The attorney general goes on to say that Chauvin dishonored his badge and a noble profession.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the following:

The death of George Floyd was and will always be a tragedy. One most deeply felt by his family and loved ones, but also by individuals and communities across the nation. The experience of pain, sadness, and anger is understandable in response to such loss, particularly at the hands of those who have a duty to protect life.

The pursuit of justice has been a long and difficult path over the past 11 months. Twelve courageous jurors from the Hennepin County community fulfilled their obligation as jurors to hear and weigh all evidence and render a just verdict. The larger work of social justice remains.
In that quest, community members with support from the criminal justice system and law enforcement, all play a significant role in fulfilling this noble and civic duty.

The improvements in safety in the City of Dayton over the past decade were a result of the combined effort between the community, elected and appointed officials, and police. More recently, all have joined together to recommend and implement changes in policing practices. We are committed to continuing this important work collaboratively, to create a community where we are all proud to live, work, and recreate. How we respond will make all the difference!

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl

Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge, Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and Commissioner Carolyn Rice released this statement on Wednesday:

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd cannot right the wrong that ended his life. We know it is only one step towards justice, and that many more steps are required in order to obtain equal justice. Law enforcement, and everyone in a position of authority, must be held accountable by those they are charged with serving. We recognize that this verdict is just the beginning of our quest for racial equality. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Floyd family during this time.

Commission President Judy Dodge, Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, Commissioner Carolyn Rice

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