UCLA Extension Joint Statement on Chauvin Verdict

Dear UCLA Extension Community:
Nearly a year ago we witnessed the public and tragic murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin’s unjustified use of lethal force against an unarmed black man served as a rallying cry across the United States for citizens to rise up against systemic racism, for there to be changes in policing practices, and for the justice system to be reformed. Protests across the U.S. united persons of all creeds and races to unequivocally state that Black Lives Matter and demand that George Floyd’s death, Ahmaud Arbery’s death, and Breonna Taylor’s death serve as a movement for deep change for police accountability in this country.

Today we received the news out of Minneapolis about the verdict in the case of Mr. Floyd’s death. The jury delivered guilty verdicts on the charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter against Derek Chauvin. While there is still much work to be done, today’s verdict is a step toward more accountability against police abuses and brutality, and particularly in those instances against Black citizens. As we await the sentencing of Derek Chauvin, we reaffirm our commitment to actively working to effect change in a broken system.

Today our thoughts remain with Mr. Floyd’s family as they continue to adjust to their new normal after the murder of their loved one. The verdict will never provide justice for George Floyd or his family.

Today our thoughts are with BIPOC members of our UCLA Extension community. The trial and subsequent verdict have resulted in great stress and anxiety, particularly for Black members of our community.

Today we stand committed to ensuring a more just, equitable, and inclusive world through our collective actions at UCLA Extension.

Today we continue to unequivocally affirm that Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity,

Eric A. Bullard, Ph.D.
Dean, Continuing Education and UCLA Extension

Varian Hamilton
Co-Chair, UCLA Extension Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Adisa Cartwright, MSN, RN-BC
Co-Chair, UCLA Extension Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

 

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