The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial is in and the former police officer has been found guilty of all charges. Chauvin has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd — second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
The city is offering opportunities for people to process their emotions following the trial (see below).
For anyone who would still look to do harm or loot — the message is clear — don’t even think about it. Philadelphia Police and the PA National Guard are well prepared to defend people and property today.
“The Philadelphia Police Department is prepared for any possible civil unrest that may unfold in the wake of the Chauvin verdict,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “As we have seen in the past, the overwhelming majority of people in our city demonstrate in a peaceful manner. They express themselves in a way that is respectful to others, and is also respectful to our beautiful communities. However, there is a small percentage of people out there who choose to use these opportunities for personal gain. Let me be clear: unlawful behavior will not be tolerated. The safety of all demonstrators, along with the safety of our residents, business owners, and visitors remains a top priority for the PPD.”
Police Officer Tina Willis of the 24th District reached out this afternoon just before the verdict was read to let businesses know that there currently aren’t any threats to our area, but if you see anything suspicious, you should call 911.
Mayor Jim Kenney also has a message today. “Our city is prepared for whatever the jury decides. We are ready to support our communities and all who want to make their voices heard peacefully. As we await and pray for justice, our thoughts are with the Floyd family, and the families of all Black and Brown Americans killed through police violence,” said Kenney. “The jury’s decision will be a defining moment in our country’s history, but it’s up to all of us to decide what comes next. We decide how we will respond to the verdict and I, along with other community and religious leaders, urge peace and calm. There is more progress to be made when we work together. It’s up to all of us to create real and sustainable change.”
The City has distributed the following information for those who would like to participate:
Community Healing Circles: The City is creating safe spaces for people to talk, vent, and process their emotions in communion with other residents by hosting virtual Community Healing Circles on Zoom for the next three weeks. These Community Healing Circles are intended to help residents share their feelings and find community and support from neighbors. The next session is on Thursday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join a Community Healing session. While we are providing Healing Spaces to the Community, we also recognize that others are holding healing spaces and conversations. Best practices for hosting a healing space are available online here.