Vikings release statement on Derek Chauvin guilty verdict originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Minnesota Vikings released a statement following the verdict that found Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts for the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday.
“The past year following George Floyd’s death has been extremely painful for the Minnesota community, particularly for the State’s Black residents,” the Vikings said in the statement. “While today’s decision does not minimize the anguish or solve the intolerable issues of racism and hate, we hope it can mark the beginning of community healing.
“Now, more than ever, it is crucial to respectfully listen, communicate and engage in order for us to move toward an equitable society. We must address the unacceptable continued violence and hate toward People of Color and commit to using our individual and collective voices to end the divisiveness and racial injustice.
“Our work is just beginning. Our commitment is unwavering. As an organization, we will build upon the foundation we have already established in the following critical areas: reducing socioeconomic disparities, implementing educational curriculum on racism and Black history and advocating for law enforcement and criminal justice reform. We will continue to be agents for positive, transformational and sustainable change.”
Chauvin was found guilty for second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. Following his guilty verdicts, the prosecution moved to have Derek Chauvin's bail revoked and Judge Peter Cahill granted the motion. Sentencing for Chauvin is scheduled in eight weeks.