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Minneapolis area sheriff cheers Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

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The sheriff’s office in the Minneapolis area spoke out in support of Derek Chauvin’s conviction Wednesday — saying that officers who fail to protect and serve “have no place in this profession.”

“In no uncertain terms, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office supports the jury in their decision to convict,” the department, which serves the county where Chauvin was found guilty, tweeted.

“Those of us in law enforcement have sworn an oath to serve and protect. Most sworn law enforcement officers think seriously about this oath each and every day. Those who do not or cannot live up to these words have no place in this profession.”

The sheriff’s office added, “While nothing can bring George Floyd back to life or fully heal the pain felt by his family, friends, and community, we hope this outcome brings at least some solace.”

Chauvin’s conviction on all three charges — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter — is a historic step in the right direction, the department added.

“Derek Chauvin’s conviction is an important moment, but there is much work to be done. Every day, the men and women of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office are working hard on new initiatives to make positive change,” the department wrote. “We eagerly await having conversations with members of the community and hearing their thoughts. We look forward to a better tomorrow for everyone.”

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (right) is led away in handcuffs following his conviction trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (right) is led away in handcuffs following his conviction trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Chauvin, then a cop in the Minneapolis Police Department, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May. Floyd’s caught-on-camera death set off nationwide protests.

A jury found Chauvin guilty Tuesday after a three week trial in which experts and fellow police officers testified that his use of force was unreasonable and led to Floyd’s death.

He now faces a maximum prison sentence of 40 years in prison.



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