Bay Area Leaders React: Derek Chauvin found guilty in the murder of George Floyd

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury for his role in the murder of George Floyd.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes. The jury reached its verdict Tuesday after deliberating about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

Bay Area local leaders and KGO hosts quickly went to social media to share their thoughts on the long awaited verdict.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said, “This verdict does not bring back the life of George Floyd. It can’t replace the years of his life that were robbed from him, nor the life experiences and memories that would have been made with his friends and family. What this verdict does reflect is that the tide is turning in this country, although still too slowly, toward accountability and justice.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted:

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted:

Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted:

KGO Host Chip Franklin tweeted:

KGO Host Nikki Medoro tweeted:

Before the verdict was announced Nikki reminded everyone of George Floyd’s family

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