Crowd gathers peacefully in downtown St. Louis in reaction to Derek Chauvin trial verdict

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ST. LOUIS – A group of people gathered in the streets of downtown St. Louis after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.

Our Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX was over the peaceful gathering at Market Street and Tucker Boulevard.

St. Louis area leaders reacted to the verdict Tuesday afternoon.

St. Louis Metro Police Chief John Hayden called the verdicts appropriate and proper. 

“Failing to check on the physical wellbeing of people in our custody is a violation of Department policy, a breach of the law with respect to first responders,” Hayden said. “Now is the time to begin the process of mending the broken relationship which exists between our Department and the community that we serve.” 

Newly sworn-in St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones also reacted to the verdict. 

“Today, justice has been served in George Floyd’s murder. I am relieved to see that we are finally seeing the consequences for when our officers, who are sworn to protect and serve the people, violate the trust of those people,” Jones said. “We will not become complacent, though, as we have plenty of work to do to continue transforming the Department of Public Safety to rebuild the relationship with our communities.”  

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said in a statement, “Everyone needs to thank the people of Minnesota who cried out for the police to stop, and took out their cell phones and recorded the murder of their fellow citizen, Mr. George Floyd! We need to thank the people of Minnesota for not stopping and for relentlessly pushing for accountability and justice for Mr. George Floyd and his family. Our system relies on everyone doing their part if we truly want justice! These citizens participated in the trial process by serving on the Jury and as police officers testifying. Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts for the murder of George Floyd because everyone did their part to ensure justice! While this won’t bring Mr. George Floyd back to his loved ones may his tragic and senseless death be an awakening to show the world that police brutality is unacceptable and officers will be held accountable throughout our nation.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also reacted.

“No courtroom can ever replace a life, but it can and should deliver justice. Today, the jury in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial honored that truth,” Pritzker said.  “This verdict marks an important milestone on the journey to justice, but the fullest measure of progress is how we deliver accountability, safety, and meaningful change.”

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