LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial was announced.
“Almost a year ago, the world expressed their hurt, trauma, and support for Black Lives Matter in the form of rallies after seeing video of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneel on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes that led to his death.
After a month-long trial and short jury deliberations, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts today.
Today, we let out a collective sigh that for George Floyd, and his family and supporters, the man who killed their loved one is going to be held accountable. This does not deflect from the terrible fact that we have so many more people who were taken from their families by law enforcement, like Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and those here in LA County.
For those who will be out in the streets participating in unity and solidarity rallies and protests to fight for continued accountability of law enforcement, I ask that we do so safely and that we do not engage in negative activities. We want to maintain and uplift the message of justice for George’s family and not steer away from it with distractions.
I also will ask that the LA Sheriff’s Department personnel who will be out on the streets in LA County, to not engage in activities that will unnecessarily agitate those exercising their first amendment right. We need to respect the rights of all Angelenos to protest and rally, including allowing members of the press to do their jobs in being a source of information for all of us.”