Following Chauvin’s ruling, the Jacksonville FOP chairman said the “largest criminal justice system” was working
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd’s death. The jury reached its verdict after considering over 10 hours for two days.
The 45-year-old chauvin was immediately led away behind his back with his hands tied and could be imprisoned for decades.
The ruling has sparked reaction from leaders across the nation, including Florida and Jacksonville. Steve Zona is the President of the Brotherly Police Force in Jacksonville.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of officials since the verdict was passed and the response is pretty consistent, and it’s really easy that we have the largest criminal justice system in the world. It worked, ”said Zona. “We had a court hearing, the officer had his day in court and the verdict was reached and we have to believe it.”
Zona was a cop for almost 30 years and News4Jax asked if he thought there are places where police methods need to change.
“Are we perfect? No, we are not perfect, ”said Zona. “I think we strive every day to maintain the high standards that are expected of our community. And I think where we can improve and there are legitimate suggestions on the table, we will work with everyone on those ideas. “
The FOP leader said it was an emotional time for the people he represents.
“I’m sure there is a lot of emotion associated with it because we go to work every day. We make decisions in a split second, and sometimes those decisions have ramifications that are not comfortable for the people we deal with, ”said Zona. “So I’m sure every one of our members here in Jacksonville across the country goes through their minds making sure they do what they do every day, that they stick to a high standard and that they come to work and do that Job for our communities. “
News4Jax has sought comments from other Florida leaders, including Rep. Kat Cammack, R-FL District 3, Rep. John Rutherford, R-FL District 4, and Rep. Mike Waltz, R- FL District 6.
The following statements were made public immediately after the verdict:
The whole world watched as the air left George Floyd’s body during this 9-minute and 29-second video. He didn’t deserve to die. We rely on our system to protect ourselves – and there is no room for racial prejudice. This case reopened deep wounds in America and justice has been served today.
– U.S. Representative Al Lawson Jr. (@RepAlLawsonJr) April 20, 2021
“Justice was served. While that ruling is the result we wanted to hear, today is not just about George Floyd. This is about Emmett Till, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Daunte Wright. Here in Florida we remember Harry and Harriette Moore, in Jacksonville we remember Johnnie Mae Chappell and the countless others who were murdered did not get the justice they deserved. Today is for you. “
MP Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville
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