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Illinois Leaders Praise Guilty Verdict Against Derek Chauvin

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

URBANA – Most leaders from the Democratic and Republican parties in Illinois are saying publicly that they support the guilty verdict against a former Minneapolis officer. Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The jury deliberated about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.

Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-Illinois) said in a statement, “no courtroom can ever replace a life, but it can and should deliver justice. Today, the jury in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial honored that truth.”

Statement from Governor JB Pritzker (D-IL) on the guilty verdict in the case of ex-cop Derek Chauvin.

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch says the guilty verdict in the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin suggests quote “some common sense of justice.” The Democratic leader says there’s nothing to celebrate. And it shouldn’t have taken Floyd’s death to change hearts and minds. Welch also cited a police reform law passed by the Illinois legislature earlier this year. Lawmakers elected Welch as Illinois’ first Black Speaker of the House in January.

Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie said the verdict “is justice under our judicial system.” 

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie on the conviction of an officer killing the murder of George Floyd.


Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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