Omaha heads of state, heads of state, respond to Chauvin’s judgment

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer issued a statement Tuesday after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd last May.

“In May 2020, it was clear to me and my senior command staff that Mr. Chauvin was guilty and that his actions were reprehensible. Today the jury’s verdict confirms these feelings and blames Mr. Chauvin for his actions.

Let us use this moment as an opportunity to find common ground for police and communities across the country as justice has served.

Omaha has made great strides as the community and OPD worked together. OPD would like to use this moment to continue to get involved with our community. “

6 News asked Governor Pete Ricketts for a response to the ruling. His spokesman replied:

“While we do not comment on legal proceedings in other states, the governor always respects the legal process.”

Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon tweeted a response Tuesday afternoon:

I respect our judicial system, the rule of law, due process and the judgment of the jury.

– MP Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) April 20, 2021

Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne also tweeted a response Tuesday:

“For nearly a year, George Floyd’s memory and name has been the rallying cry of millions of Americans determined to see changes in their communities, our laws, and the systems that still hold deep prejudice against black men and women in this country.

Today our nation has taken an important step forward in this struggle – proof that accountability is possible for such flagrant abuses of power as demonstrated by Derek Chauvin last summer.

And while justice has been done today, efforts on behalf of George Floyd – efforts to combat injustice and systemic racism – are not over yet. For all whose justice is still unwritten, we must continue to call for reforms that protect people of color in this country from discrimination, prejudice and abuse. “

While justice has been done today, the effort on George Floyd’s behalf – efforts to combat injustice and systemic racism – is still ongoing.

Read my full statement on the judgments in the Derek Chauvin Trial: https://t.co/cwZwkTonat pic.twitter.com/RHjS8Fnv6R

– Rep. Cindy Axne (@RepCindyAxne) April 20, 2021

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