NVMI Reacts to the Chauvin Verdict


Damien Garcia

“I think it was very nice for Derek Chauvin, that he had the benefit of due process. The thing that he chose to take away from George Floyd in the first place. Even though it was necessary, it was also difficult in spite of all the obvious evidence that he committed murder in broad daylight,” NVMI’s Coach, Jon Jackson’s thoughts on the verdict. 

On April 20th, the trial of Derek Chauvin took place in the Minneapolis Courthouse, and the jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Last year on May 25th, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by Former Officer, Derek Chauvin. He knelt on Floyd´s neck for nine minutes, and twenty nine seconds and caught on video, with George Floyd muttering the words, ¨I can’t breathe,” with the little breath he had left in him. 

Many people are very happy that he was found guilty, after many protests since the aftermath of the George Floyd murder. The Chair of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Charles P. Wilson, said “This trial was the most consequential event in police community relations that we are going to see for a long time.” This is very true since justice has barely been served after three hundred and thirty two days since the killing of George Floyd.

“I was happy to see that Derek Chauvin was found guilty, but I know we still live in a society, where there is still police brutality going on, and that is something us humans have to work on, and change for the future that lies ahead of us,” was what the NVMI football team’s wide receiver, Maxx Solares, had to say on the trial.

Derek Chauvin was found guilty yesterday, but the judge still hasn’t given an official sentence, and we won’t be hearing about his sentence until the next few months. 

Today we are able to breathe again,¨ are the words from Philonise Floyd, George Floyds brother, moments after the verdict, and is finally able to sleep after a prolonged three hundred and two days. 

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called Floyds family after the guilty verdict, to let them know how relieved they are, and that they are praying for them. Hours after the verdict, Biden delivered a  speech saying, “this can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism, but he declared that “it’s not enough.” 

After a recent interview with Jon Jackson, he said, “I think it’s overdue for change, because the white folks of our country have been delaying it for a really long time, and we’ve been promised change so many times. What we need is a culture change in the country, so hopefully Joe Biden is actually committed to that, and if he is then I agree, but if he’s just paying lip service, then I don’t have time for that.”