Washington, DC - As the jury considers the evidence presented in the trial of Derek Chauvin, we urge all Americans and members of all communities to remain calm and respectful of one another. The trial was conducted fairly and equitably, and it is vitally important that, even though we may differ on the ultimate verdict, we respect the rule of law.
Our First Amendment freedoms are among our most sacred. The men and women in law enforcement will make every effort to protect and defend those protesting or demonstrating peacefully. We will keep you safe while you make your voices heard. That said, violence and destruction drown out these peaceful voices and does nothing to help our communities.
Law enforcement officers will be on duty today, tomorrow, the next day and the days to follow. We are there because of our commitment to protecting you and your loved ones. Our law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way, so you do not have to. Stay safe, civil and peaceful.
As citizens, we can demonstrate, we can march, and we can call loudly for change. We are hopeful that we are moving toward a day when we unite in support of the same change—a change that puts us on the path towards equality and dignity for all.
Please, stay safe today and in the days ahead.