'Justice has been served.' Local officials react to Chauvin guilty verdicts in George Floyd's death

April Helms
Akron Beacon Journal

Here's a collection of statements and social media posts from Akron-area and Ohio leaders following Tuesday's guilty verdicts in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer accused of killing George Floyd.

Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The judge revoked bail and told Chauvin to report back in eight weeks for sentencing. Chauvin, silent and wearing a gray suit and a light blue surgical mask, was handcuffed and taken into custody.

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

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This story will be updated as more statements are made.

Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), House minority leader

“I hope that George Floyd’s family, friends and loved ones can now begin to heal. No family should have to endure the kind of trauma they have this past year. My thoughts continue to be with them. Today, Derick Chauvin was held accountable for killing Georgie Floyd. But true justice will prevail when Black Lives Matter. Justice will prevail when communities no longer fear the people sworn to serve them. Justice will prevail when we no longer have to 'Say Her Name.' Justice will prevail when liberty and justice for all means for all.

“While today is a tremendous step, we know this isn’t the end of oppression, racism and injustice in America. Far from it. But it is my hope that today’s verdict can serve as a turning point in the movement to dismantle racist systems, hold those sworn to protect us to a higher standard, and move us a step closer to building a more perfect Union where Black lives truly matter.”

State Rep. Casey Weinstein, Democrat

"Justice has been served."

Sen. Rob Portman, Republican

"George Floyd’s death was tragic and should never happen to anyone in America. I am grateful today that justice appears to be served as we await sentencing."

Rep. David Joyce, Republican

"As a former prosecutor, I have great respect for the rule of law, due process, and our nation’s judicial system. Today, that system delivered justice for the murder of George Floyd. I thank the jurors for their service and continue to pray for the Floyd family."

Nina Turner, Democratic candidate, Ohio’s 11th District

"This needs to be a turning point for America. It does not end here — far from it, but it’s a damn good feeling to exhale and feel that some semblance of justice was served. My heart is with the Floyd family. If you ever doubt the power of movements, please remember today."

Liz Walters, chair, Ohio Democratic Party

“While the jury reached the right decision, no verdict will change the fact that George Floyd should still be alive today. We all have much more work to do in the fight for racial justice and for a fairer legal and criminal justice system. Our hearts are with Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones, as well as with Ohioans who have been hurting as we watched this trial unfold.” 

Gov. Mike DeWine, Republican

"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.”  

This story will be updated.