LANSING, Mich., April 20, 2021 — The jury on the Derek Chauvin murder trial deliberated for 12 hours and delivered a guilty verdict on all three counts. In response, State Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), Chair of the Detroit Caucus, released the following statement:
“I am relieved and grateful that the jury held accountable Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s murder last summer. No one should ever have their life cruelly and unjustly taken from them but especially not by a law enforcement officer whose job is to serve and protect.
“We also know that we cannot stop here; we must continue the fight to ensure that Black lives are no longer senselessly sacrificed by law enforcement. Police should not be judge, jury and executioners, and our current system not only allows but encourages them to be. We are committed to making sure that here in Michigan, it never happens again.”