A Statement from the HAP on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict
For 330 days, the Twin Cities and our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities waited and hoped, worked and marched, wept and grieved. The world watched, and then joined the fight for justice—for George Floyd, and for so many other people killed by a police system plagued with racism. We welcome the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin as a sign of justice and a way to uphold George Floyd’s humanity.
But this conviction is only a first step towards justice. Today and every day we must also remember the names of the many Black people killed at the hand of police that should be alive today, and have still not received justice: Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Jamar Clarke, Tamir Rice and many others whose families should not have to grieve them.
The video footage from George Floyd’s arrest, now affirmed by yesterday’s murder conviction, showed the grim reality that many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) face daily. It is painful to know that systemic racism and anti-Blackness in our own communities leads to Black death. It is in these moments that our shared oppression makes our voices stronger together.
We must continue to work to dismantle the systems that create barriers to our collective advancement. We must not fall prey to the divide and conquer strategies that weaken our fight against institutional racism. We will seek, learn, share, and affirm our unique histories and unlearn the dominant narratives that silo and divide us. We stand in solidarity with all our BIPOC brothers and sisters.
March 29, 2021 – April 23, 2021
About the Trial
Derek Chauvin is facing three charges for the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
- Second-degree unintentional murder
- Third-degree murder
- Second-degree manslaughter
How can we ensure a fair trial? Help keep the pressure on by sending a postcard to Minnesota decision-makers demanding a free and fair trial. Visit HoldChauvinAccountable.com to send a postcard and “select a cause” to donate proceeds to The George Floyd Memorial Foundation.
Community Healing Circles
Ramsey County, in partnership with the City of St. Paul, is offering virtual and in-person community healing circles that are welcoming, safe, and supportive spaces for participatory dialogue, building connections, and addressing trauma caused by the killing of George Floyd last summer, the civil unrest that followed in our neighborhoods and the ongoing trial. Ensuring the health and wellbeing of community is at the center of our response plan during these difficult times and we’re working with several cultural healers who use their lived experiences, expertise and training to facilitate conversations that get at shared healing. Additional information and a short description for each healer can be found on Ramsey County’s healing spaces webpage.
Protecting your establishment during civil unrest
As the Chauvin Trial continues, business owners may want to prepare for civil unrest. The Saint Paul Police Department is committed to protecting people and property. Plan. Prepare. Partner with the SPPD. Watch these videos to learn more: