Thomas Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict
April 20, 2021
Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) issued the following statement:
“This guilty ruling does not return George Floyd to his family. It is justice, but that does not satisfy the pain and sorrow his family and we, as a nation, have felt.
"Today, we saw justice in Minneapolis, but we must still move forward in pushing for bias-free, problem-solving police departments. No one should feel threatened by members of law enforcement who are sworn to protect them.
"We need to increase the involvement of social workers in 911 response calls and recruit more people of color to cadet programs. We also need to fully staff the Citizen Complaint Authority – and similar organizations across our country – so our communities have a place to keep their police accountable.
"I would also encourage the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice to use the Cincinnati’s Collaborative Agreement as a national model. Cities should have a document in place that holds the police accountable and gives citizens authority to do as much.
"As we move forward from this national trauma, I pray we all heal and I pray especially for Mr. Geroge Floyd’s family.”