Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo thanked the members of his force Tuesday night in a written statement following the guilty verdicts handed down against former officer Derek Chauvin.
“This past year has been difficult and challenging yet they (the police) have continued to show up and serve our community with the respect and dignity they deserve," Arradondo said. "We recognize that our community is hurting, and hearts are heavy with many emotions. However, I have hope."
The police chief -- who testified in the trial that Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd had exceeded the guidelines of police training -- said he respected the decision of the jury. Arradondo also called for any upcoming demonstrations to be peaceful.
Read the statement: