LOS ANGELES - The entire nation sat on the edge of its seat Tuesday as we all waited for the verdict read in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Southern California was no exception as elected officials, sports figures and local leaders took to social media to weigh in on the news of the former police officer being convicted in the killing of George Floyd.
Below are some of the reactions and written statements following Tuesday's guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial:
LOS ANGELES MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
LA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCÓN
"The jury delivered accountability, but the future of equality rests squarely in America’s hands. This verdict is a critical step in the ongoing march toward restoring public trust in a criminal justice system that over-criminalizes communities of color and often fails to hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct.
As a former Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, I taught use of force and personally have faced circumstances when I could have used force but chose not to. As Los Angeles County District Attorney, I have used that experience to inform my decisions.
I will continue to advocate for better training for officers, stronger accountability in use-of-force cases and an independent review of officer-involved shootings. Effective policing must be fair and just to enhance our collective safety. We must continue to work together to build a justice system that promotes equal access to justice for all."
LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIGUEZ
LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILMAN MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
LOS ANGELES SPARKS
LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT AUSTIN BEUTNER
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