BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry released a statement in response to the guilty verdict pronounced in the Derek Chauvin Trial.
“Today we saw that a properly appointed jury, with the full weight of the law, passed a verdict after examining all the facts and circumstances in the trial of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin.
As I discovered in May 2020, George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis was horrific. The actions of the police officers in the video were inexcusable. I have and will continue to clearly condemn what they have done. The behavior of these officers does not correspond to my expectations of a police officer in our country. Police officers have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to use only reasonable methods of arrest.
We are committed to serving our community with compassion, accountability, and professionalism. “
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of the murder and manslaughter of the death of George Floyd.
The jury deliberated for around 10 hours over two days in a city on the verge of yet another outbreak of unrest.
Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or near the neck of the 46-year-old black man for about 9 1/2 minutes.
People immediately flooded the surrounding streets in the city center and ran through the traffic with banners. Cars roared. Members of the Floyd family gathered in a conference room in Minneapolis could be heard cheering.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.