PITTSBURGH, PA (April 20, 2021) -- Pittsburgh, and indeed the whole world, closely watched the trial of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin in wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Today, a jury found Mr.Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
"As police officers, we have a fundamental duty to care for and safeguard everyone and anyone in our custody. That did not occur. A man was deprived of his life, a family was deprived of their loved one, a community was deprived of their faith in the people who are entrusted to keep them safe," said Police Chief Scott Schubert.
George Floyd's death sparked some of the largest civil rights protests in decades and shone a spotlight on police accountability and reform.
"The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police recognizes that our legitimacy is highly dependent on the mutual trust and respect we have with the communities we serve. Law enforcement is always evolving and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police remains steadfast in its commitment to working hand in hand with the public to implement professional law enforcement services that are fair, equitable, transparent and procedurally just to all members of the community," said Schubert.