Mayor calls for community dialogue as Chauvin trial enters jury phase
Published on April 19, 2021
With the Derek Chauvin trial being transitioned over to the jury for deliberations, Mayor Michael B. Hancock today called on faith and community leaders to provide a space, either virtually or in-person and regardless of the verdict, for residents to express their thoughts and perspectives following the trial:
“Millions of people, including myself, have watched this trial, and it has been very emotionally charged, difficult, and challenging for all of us. A very painful moment has been relived, reopening wounds not only in our personal experiences, but also in the very fabric of our society. No matter the verdict, our residents will need a space to dialogue about their thoughts and emotions in the wake of George Floyd’s death, this trial and how we can move forward together toward reconciliation as a local community, and as a nation.
“To facilitate that, I am calling on our faith and community leaders and groups to provide that safe space and outlet for our residents who want to participate. After this trial, people will need a release for their emotions, so let’s have those frank conversations, no matter how difficult they may be, and promote our collective healing.”