Houston-area leaders, celebrities react to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict in the death of George Floyd

HOUSTON – Houston-area leaders, local officials and celebrities are reacting to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Houston native, died on May 25 after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car. They put him on the ground instead.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who has been very vocal about the Floyd case, held a press conference in Houston shortly after Chauvin’s guilty verdict.

“Let me say that justice has been served. The Floyd family has waited almost a year for this verdict. But they will experience the loss of their loved one, George, for the rest of their lives,” said Turner. My prayers go out to the George Floyd family. I talked with them this morning, and so my prayers go out to everyone one of them. And in addition to that, my prayers go out to this country because there is a lot of pain, a lot of hurt, frustration, and division.”

He also mentioned a task force that could handle similar situations, but more on that will come in the following weeks.

“The jury has spoken, but it is time for this country to reach deep down and find a way to move forward. Because as we deal with issues on multiple levels, we need the community and law enforcement to work hand in hand in the best interest of the people we serve. It is a time to be reflective and ask what we can do to make our city better, our country better, and find ways to work together,’ said Turner. “We are committed to implementing the overwhelming majority of the recommendations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Reform. Next week, there will be an announcement.”

Watch Turner’s full presser below: