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Local leaders react after Derek Chauvin convicted in death of George Floyd

Jaymi Butler




Immediately after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd and a sheriff’s deputy led him away in handcuffs, people across the globe – including right here at home – flocked to social media to share their reactions. The overarching sentiment was that while justice for Floyd had finally been served nearly one year after his death, the nation still has a long way to go in terms of healing, growing and becoming more equitable for people of color.

Pinellas County commissioner Rene Flowers, State Rep. Chris Latvala and St. Pete city council member Deborah Figgs-Sanders had simple but powerful messages to share once the verdict was read.

Chauvin guilty on count 1
Chauvin guilty on count 2
Chauvin guilty on count 3

Posted by Rene Flowers on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Justice has been served.

Posted by Chris Latvala on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

5:06 PM
When JUSTICE said his name.

Posted by Deborah Figgs-Sanders on Tuesday, April 20, 2021


State Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby had mixed emotions about the ruling.

Mayor Rick Kriseman, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and city council member Darden Rice echoed her sentiments.

Justice. It should have never come to this. But, finally, justice. Let us not forget how much work we still have to do. – RK

Posted by
Rick Kriseman
on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was a just verdict. But it also shows how far…

Posted by Darden Rice on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

City council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, whose son was murdered in 2008, shared sympathy with Floyd’s family. “The loss is eternal,” she wrote.

RIP George Floyd

Posted by Lisa Wheeler-Bowman on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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